Anatol Lyabedzka collected signatures protesting against privileges

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April 22, 2016 19:18

Head of United Civic Party (UCP) Anatol Lyabedzka says that until the end of this week his initiative group will gather 25 thousand signatures in his support.

UCP leader’s rally was dedicated to “the fight against the privileges of the authorities”.

“In 1990 we have created a commission in the parliament to fight the privileges of the authorities. I was a member of this commission. There was another interesting MP in this commission – Alexander Lukashenka. We went to Drazdy and saw moderate residences where nomenklatura lived. We prepared a special report on that, and we, the MPs said that it was unacceptable, that the officials should be equal citizens to all others”, - Lyabedzka said.

“And what do we have now, 25 years later? Today, if you go around Minsk, you will see a 12th residency built using our and your money. The price of the residency is $500 million.”- Lyabedzka said, referring to the recently built Palace of Independence.

At the end of the rally the policemen in plain clothes questioned journalists present there – they were interested in their surnames and media they worked for. 

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