News / 30.04.14

Authorities ban May Day rally of Independent Trade Unions

The Minsk City Executive Committee has rejected the respective application, Sergey Antusevich, Deputy Chairman of the Belarusian Congress of Democratic Trade Unions (BKDP), told the

The BKDP wanted to hold a rally on May 1 – the International Workers' Solidarity Day – in Minsk, in the Peoples' FriendshipPark. A respective application was sent to the Minsk City Executive Committee; it was planned that some 500 trade unionists from four subjects of the BKDP will come to take part in the rally from different regions of the country.

However, the city authorities refused to sanction the event, as Sergey Antusevich, who was in charge of organizing the event, told the

"The reasons for refusal are contained in the letter, which we should soon receive by mail, as we were told at the Minsk City Executive Committee," said Sergey Antusevich. "Unfortunately, once again we've faced clear discrimination of independent trade unions. At the same time, the Federation of Trade Unions of Belarus (FPB) will organize its May 1 rally in the YankaKupalaMini-Park – the place that is not on the list of places allowed for holding mass events. This proves that the FPB is actually a government's body."

According to Sergey Antusevich activists of independent trade unions will have to mark the International Workers' Day in their places of residence.

Let us remind you that in 2013 the authorities also banned a May Day rally in Minsk that was planned by independent trade unions.

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