16 January 2018, Tuesday, 18:03

Yury Khashchavatski: Any spark may cause fire


Any alternative, even cultural events, poses a threat to the authorities.

That is the reason why banning concerts of “unreliable” music groups has become a trend in the recent years.

Belarusian film director Yury Khashchavatski talked with charter97.org about the forbidden concerts of IQ48 and Dai Darogu bands.

“It's not a secret that the authorities regard any sign of activity as a threat. Even cultural events pose a threat and can be forbidden. A spark of discontent may cause a fire at any moment and the situation may get out of control. A ban is the only way out,” the film director said.

He stressed that by banning concerts the Belarusian authorities only increase the number of angry people.

“These measures only provoke degradation of the youth. Such things kill the desire of young people for creative activity and self-development. The government wants to have as many obedient slaves as possible. The majority, however, understands it is impossible to live in this country. More and more people with a university degree and students try to leave for civilised countries. Many already did so,” Yury Khashchavatski said.

It should be reminded that a concert of IQ48 and Dai Darohu bands was banned in Minsk. The administration of Doodah King club announced on Saturday that the BulBoxLive concert, where the groups were to play, was cancelled.