About two hundred people came to the Cathedral in Minsk to take part in the prayer meeting organized by Mikalai Statkevich. The politician himself was preventively detained.
This week Mikalai Statkevich called upon people to come to the Holy Spirit Cathedral on the Freedom Square in Minsk on April 7 to hold a prayer service in memory of the innocent victims in Kurapaty. Statkevich organized this initiative because of what happened in Kurapaty recently, where on April 4 the authorities demolished more than 70 crosses and detained activists.
At 12 o’clock, about two hundred people gathered on the Freedom Square, some came with crosses and white-red-white flags. A prayer was held. The police did not disperse people, but warned that the event was unauthorized.
Statkevich’s detention was announced by the wife of the politician Maryna Adamovich on air of Radio Liberty.
“Mikalai was detained with an adorable accusation of “calling for prayer,” said Maryna.
According to Yauhen Afnagel, the police also detained Artsiom Charnyak.
Prayer meeting in Minsk. Photo – Artsiom Lyava, belsat.eu
After the prayer service held on Freedom Square, several dozen people went to the temple to pray for Kurapaty and Belarus.