Updated at 14:03,27-06-2022

“If policemen want to bring flowers to a cemetery, they will also need to file application?“


On November 8 the chairman of the Belarusian Left Party "A Just World" Sergei Kalyakin was interrogated in the police department of Maskouski District of Minsk on the fact of laying flowers by the party members to Lenin monument on the Independence Square on November 7.

As Sergei Kalyakin told UDF.BY, a worker of the Department of Public Order figured out whether the application to hold the event was filed, how they phoned those who came to lay flowers, what the party members were doing there, and what the leader of "A Just World" told journalists.

The politician says, the laying of flowers is a traditional party's event, which has taken place since 1991.

"We have never filed any applications and don't consider it necessary, because the laying of flowers don't belong to any of the types of events, which are regulated by the Law "On mass events". We laid flowers, I gave interview to journalists. After that, I congratulated people on the occasion of the October Revolution, gave the party card to one of the party members, and than we went away", said Sergei Kalyakin.

This he also said at the interrogation in the police department, which lasted about 40 minutes. According to the politician, the police will check whether the law is broken.

"If the law is violated, they will summon me again, and the materials will be used in court", said Kalyakin, noting that similar issues previously were solved with police on the spot, and there were no interrogations in the police department.

"It looks like, now they have to report that they know what's going on, what has happened, who carried out and why, how they reacted", the politician suggested.

"So, if employees of the agency (police - udf.by) want to visit their relatives in the cemetery, to bring flowers, say some words, then they also have to file application within 15 days or be responsible? But then this is not the law, but a psychiatry", said Sergei Kalyakin. "Although, everything is possible. We have thousands, even tens of thousands of people detained for no reason".