Minsk: Police warn Tsikhanouskaya’s campaign head against holding today’s rally

Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya’s election agents Maryia Maroz (L) and Volha Kavalkova (R) / TUT.BY

On August 6, the Minsk police gave an ‘explanatory talk’ to Maryia Maroz, head of Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya’s campaign office.

At about 11.00 Maroz was detained by two plainclothes men who introduced themselves as police officers near the Lithuanian embassy, where she came to apply for a visa.

“She was in a car driven by our volunteer. They got in the car, called him by name, ordered to sit quietly, saying that ‘everything is fine’. After that Maryia was taken away,” Tsikhanouskaya’s press secretary Hanna Krasulina said.

Maryia Maroz was absent for about two hours, and her associates was anaware of her whereabouts. At 12.45 she was released. The policemen warned her that in case of holding a rally in the Peoples’ Friendship Park on Thursday, the organisers might be jailed, A Country for Living reports.

Late last week, Tsikhanouskaya’s headquarters announced that a new rally would be staged in the capital’s Peoples’ Friendship Park on August, 6. It was planned that Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya, Veranika Tsapkala and Maryia Kalesnikava would be supported by well-known groups, including VOLSKI, J:MORS, NIZKIZ, TOR BAND and KRAMA.

On August 3, however, the authorities of Savetski district of Minsk decided to organise events on occasion of Railway Troops Day at the same venue and time.

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