The authorities banned a picket to mark the second anniversary of the 2010 post-election protests.
Anzhalika Kambalava, the head of the Baranavichy department of the United Civil Party, received a letter from the city executive committee on December 15. The letter signed by deputy chairman of the city executive committee Kastyukevich says the city authorities do not permit holding a picket on December 19. The message notes the applicant violated paragraph 4 of the decision of the Baranavichy city executive committee “On the procedure of holding mass events in Baranavichy” (decision No. 2497 of 05.10.2009). Kamabalava said she made agreements with the city polyclinic and the utilities office to render services during the picket, but she failed to sign an agreement with the city police department due to bureaucracy. It perhaps became the main reason for cancelling the picket on December 19, Viasna human rights centre reports.
“We wanted to explain to residents of our town why the social and economic situation in the country worsened and wanted to tell them society cannot control the non-transparent privatisation of state property by officials. We planned to say to people that negative processes in the economy would grow further and people's life would worsen without free and fair elections,” Anzhalika Kamabalava said.