August 4, 2012
As the city authorities prohibited Maladechna dweller Eduard Balanchuk to hold a picket at the central square, he walked there wearing a T-shirt “Freedom to Ales Bialiatski” in order to remind about the anniversary of the arrest of the well-known human rights defender. The police didn’t pose any pretensions to him.As said by Eduard, during this walk he talked to acquaintances and occasional passers-by and found out that many people read independent press and were well-aware of the problem of political prisoners. He also thinks that some of the people who watched his walk from a distance with interest could come to the square as they knew about the picket he intended to hold at the central square of Maladechna. The action was banned by the Maladechna City Executive Committee as it could allegedly hinder the functioning of the children’s attractions which would work at that time. However, at the time of the action the square was almost empty – there were just a couple of children’s automobiles and a trampoline. Only three children were playing there.
In Brest, Human rights defender Uladzimir Malei held race of solidarity with Ales Bialiatski. He ran along the busiest streets of the region’s capital wearing a T-shirt “Freedom to Ales Bialiatski!”.The action was dated to the first anniversary of Bialiatski’s imprisonment. “The authorities don’t let us to express solidarity in any other way. They banned a picket in support of Ales Bialiatski, but they cannot prohibit me to run. A year since the imprisonment of the head of the Human Rights Center “Viasna” has turned today. That’s why I decided to jog along the central street to express my solidarity with human rights defenders and other political prisoners,” commented Mr. Malei. Earlier the Brest City Executive Committee refused to authorize the picket in support of political prisoners which the activist intended to hold on 4 August. The picket ban was appealed at court.