21 January 2018, Sunday, 23:06

Polish musician barred from entering Belarus for songs about Lukashenka


The Belarusian authorities denied entry to Belarus for the leader of Maleo Reggae Rockers.

Dariusz Malejonek, the founder and leader of Maleo Reggae Rockers, was denied a visa to Belarus. The musician was to be the headliner at the festival of Christian music near Minsk, Gazeta Polska Codziennie reports.

“The Belarusian authorities are afraid of music today. They see a threat in free culture,” he said.

The musician was denied a visa to Belarus due to his songs criticising Aliaksandr Lukashenka that he played at the concert Solidarity with Belarus in April in Warsaw.

“Belarusian official received a list of musicians, who were to come, and said we were politically engaged, because we took part in a concert in the Maidan camp in Kyiv,” Malejonek said.

It's worth noting that the concert of Behemoth, a prominent Polish band, was banned in Minsk on demand of Metropolitan Pavel.