Crosses during the so-called voluntary Saturday works to clean-up and improve the territory were torn out, and trees were planted in their place.
Press Secretary of the Belarusian Orthodox Church Sergius Lepin commented to Belsat on the so-called "clean-up" of Kurapaty, as the result of which all the metal crosses standing along the Minsk ring road were demolished.
Representatives of the Belarusian Republican Youth Union, trade unions, veterans and other organizations worked there on April 13.
"I thought that was all, but no ... Clean up and improvement of Kurapaty continues. Today, another 60 crosses – this time metal ones – were demolished. They were installed in 2017 with money collected by the public administration of the Kurapaty Memorial through the crowdfunding,” – Sergius Lepin says.
Crosses were dismantled during the so-called voluntary Saturday works to clean-up and improve the territory. Instead them the authorities planted trees and brought benches.
“I am not authorized to make any generalizations and decide for everyone, but, nevertheless, if there are Orthodox among the participants in this clean-up, it seems to me that they should consult with their confessors on the subject of whether they should repent of such a manifestation of clean obsession,” – Sergius Lepin noted.
We remind that the Narodnaya Hramada party, a member of the Belarusian National Congress, called for a new prayer, “Deliver Us From The Evil,” near the administration of Lukashenka (Minsk, Karl Marx Street, 38) on April 15 at 6 pm.
On April 4, authorities demolished crosses around the Kurapaty perimeter.
Activists report that about 100 crosses were pulled down and taken away.
On March 1, at a press conference, Lukashenka expressed dissatisfaction with the crosses around Kurapaty, which can be seen from the road.
One of the leaders of the Belarusian National Congress, Mikalai Statkevich, called for Sunday’s public prayer near the Minsk Holy Spirit Cathedral (Orthodox) at Freedom Square, about 1000 people took part in it.
Co-chairman of the Belarusian Christian Democracy Pavel Seviarynets supported the idea of holding the prayer service.
On April 12, authorities demolished another 50 crosses around the Kurapaty perimeter.