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05.11.2017 19:35 Photos

In pictures: Opposition activists stage Dzyady march to Kurapaty

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(BelaPAN Photo/Syarhey Balay)
A crowd estimated at 300 people staged an annual commemorative march in Minsk on November 5 to honor the memory of Stalinist terror victims on the occasion of Dzyady (Remembrance of Ancestors Day).
The march, organized by the Conservative Christian Party (CCP) and permitted by authorities, ran from the Minsk Watch Plant to Kurapaty, a small forest just outside Minsk where thousands of people are believed to have been executed during the Stalinist purges of the 1930s and ‘40s.
The marchers included CCP Deputy Chairman Yuras Belenki, Ryhor Kastusyow, chairman of the Belarusian Popular Front (BPF), BPF Deputy Chairman Alyaksey Yanukevich and prominent opposition leaders Vital Rymashewski and Zmitser Dashkevich.
Demonstrators carried a large banner saying “Dzyady” and numerous white-red-white flags, chanting “Zhyve Belarus!” (Long Live Belarus!) and singing Belarusian patriotic songs.
The demonstration was observed by dozens of plainclothesmen led by Dzmitry Balaba, head of Minsk`s AMAP (special task police) unit.
The march ended with a rally at what opposition activists call the Kurapaty People’s Memorial, which is marked with dozens of high wooden crosses commemorating those slain in the Kurapaty forest.




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