Belarus Opposition Parliamentary Candidate Permitted to Hold Rallies

Text of report in English by Belarusian privately-owned news agency Belapan

Brest, 15 September: The Brest city executive committee has permitted opposition parliamentary candidate Ihar Maslowski to hold a series of rallies in his electoral district between 20 and 23 September.

The daily rallies are to be held near the Lahuna market between noon and 3 p.m. and near the Uskhod shopping center and the Svitanak grocery store between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. and are expected to draw up to 20 people each.

"Demonstrations in public places will enable me and my authorized representatives to meet with an even larger number of voters, give them my campaign materials with my election program, and discuss its most topical aspects, including public control over the government, the role of lawmakers as representatives of people and not the government, and the restoration of social benefits and privileges that were abolished by the outgoing House," Mr Maslowski told Belapan.

The candidate said that his team would not stop its door-to-door canvassing campaign and that he would continue meeting with people at their workplaces. According to him, he had more than 30 such meetings last week.

Mr. Maslowski, who is running in District No 3 in Brest, is first deputy chairman of the Belarusian Social Democratic Party (Hramada) and a member of the Belarusian Helsinki Committee.

Originally published by Belapan news agency, Minsk, in English 1831 15 Sep 08.



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