Tsepkalo said that his staff had organized an unsanctioned rally
The former head of the hi-tech Park administration of Belarus Valery Tsepkalo, who on Tuesday was denied registration as a presidential candidate, said that his staff was not involved in the organization of mass events in the country.
On Tuesday evening in various cities of the Republic were unauthorized mass protests after the decision of the Central election Commission of Belarus to refuse registration of candidates for President, the two politicians - former head of Belgazprombank Viktor Babariko and former head of the HTP administration Valery Tsepkalo. According to the interior Ministry, across the country because of violations of public order were detained more than 250 people. The investigative Committee opened a criminal case on the facts of group actions in Minsk, grossly violating public order and connected with insubordination to the police. The CEC head Lidziya Yarmoshyna said on Wednesday that an unauthorized action "organized and planned" in Belarus headquarters of Babariko and Tsepkalo.
"We didn't plan any unauthorized action," said Tsepkalo to journalists on Wednesday in Minsk.
According to him, "everything that happens and happened during the campaign to collect signatures (in support of nomination of presidential candidates – ed.) is simply the activity of civil society."
"The facts that the people lined up in the "chain of solidarity", "clapping" the authorities, honking cars, lined up at bus stops or in shop, - the shares, was never planned. Around the world it is considered normal, non-violent forms of expression of citizens, these forms allowed the universal Declaration of human rights ratified by the Republic of Belarus", - said the politician.
He expressed doubt about how can we consider such actions an unauthorized mass events. "There are no leaders, no speeches, no meetings, no calling for any violent actions," said Tsepkalo.
In Belarus, the campaign for the presidential election, primary election day scheduled for 9 August. The CEC registered the presidential candidates to five people. Incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko is running for a sixth term. Passing the campaign was accompanied by arrests of supporters of candidates for President, alternative Lukashenko, as well as unauthorized protests.