In Belarus, Just Being Can Prompt an Arrest

On July 31, 2011 by stratagem

Iron-fisted authorities in Belarus have responded to a burst of creative modes of protest by young protesters with a rather surreal innovation of their own: a law that prohibits people from standing together and doing nothing.

A draft law published Friday prohibits the “joint mass presence of citizens in a public place that has been chosen beforehand, including an outdoor space, and at a scheduled time for the purpose of a form of action or inaction that has been planned beforehand and is a form of public expression of the public or political sentiments or protest.”

Anyone proven to be taking part in such a gathering would be subject to up to 15 days of administrative arrest, the draft says.

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