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Proved: it is a lie!

Press Release

February 25, 2013

The Democratic Petersburg coalition YABLOKO is member of conducted a raid proving that St.Petersburg authorities did not allow the Democratic Petersburg to conduct rallies in the city on fictitious grounds. The city authorities turned down 20 sites as possible grounds for the coalition rally. "We have collected evidence of the officials lies and will file a law suit against them," said the coalition members.

This Sunday, the coalition planned to hold a rally against the federal law on the "gay propaganda". The application was submitted to the authorities four times proposing 20 different locations. However, all the applications were turned down. The organizers were ready to hold a rally at any time from 12:00 to 18:00, but the officials said that all proposed sites were taken by other activities at that time or some renovation works or repairs were conducted there. Each time the rally fell under some ban.

On the day of the failed rally members of the Democratic Petersburg coalition and journalists inspected the sites in the city center where the action could not be held according to the city authorities due to other rallies or construction works.

The public inspection demonstrated that most of the sites were turned down on faked pretexts.

Photographs: activists standing in St.Petersburg sites prohibited for the rally, they are holding banners stating the reason of the ban and showing that the reason was fictitious.






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Human Rights

Freedom of Assembly

Press Release

February 25, 2013

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