Organizers of Kastrychnitskaya Square Meeting in Minsk to be Punished, Internal Affairs

24.11.2010 12:45

Police said that a meeting on Kastrychnitskaya Square in Minsk, Belarus, violates applicable law. According to the chief of the Internal Affairs Department, the action's organizers and participants may be subjected to administrative liability and, in certain consequences, even to the criminal persecution.

The chief said that according to the available information, certain individuals call for people via the internet to meet at Kastrychnitskaya Square in Minsk on November 24 for holding a mass meeting.

He also stressed that the city police is ready to ensure law and order on November 24 in full. Law enforcement officers, as the chief adds, will act strictly in accordance with the law.

Nevertheless, some candidates are still planning to be on Kastrychnitskaya Square. Thus, the leader of the campaign «Tell the truth!» Vladimir Niakliaeu informed a Telegraf journalist on November 24 of his intention to attend the meeting without any speeches or campaign events, though.

Since Vladimir Niakliaeu has already got one warning by the Central Election Commission, he does not want to create a pretext for another one, which may cause the candidate’s withdrawal from the presidential race. «But i have no moral right not to come to the Square — there may be voters, supporting me,» Vladimir Niakliaeu said.

According to Telegraf, the General Prosecutor of Belarus issued a verbal warning to presidential candidate Vital Rymasheuski, calling for participation in an unsanctioned action on Kastrychnitskaya Square in Minsk. According to the representative of the Prosecutor General, «any calls for unauthorized activities are unconstructive and violating legislation provisions.»

Nevertheless, Vital Rymasheuski is not going to abandon the meeting with voters on Kastrychnitskaya Square in Minsk on November 24. Opposition politician said that he had already announced his intention to hold a meeting on the Belarusian TV on November 22, thus, he has no moral right not to be there.