Opposition members in Brest denied permit to stage picket in support of children
Social Democrats in Brest have been denied a permission to stage a picket on June 1 at a local stadium to mark the International Children's Day, Valiantsin Lazarenkau, a deputy chairman of the regional organization of the Belarusian Social Democratic Party (Hramada), told reporters.
The application was formally rejected on the grounds that a football match between Victoria and Dream Team was allegedly scheduled for the same hours.
Lokomotiv Stadium is the only place in the city where mass events are allowed. Its square is about 2 ha.
Under the UN Convenant on Children's Rights, "children have the right to express their views and assemble for the expression of their views". "How can children defend their rights if adults are deprived of theirs?" organizers are asking