Local Duma Seeks to Ban Marches in Center of City
Published: Jun 21, 2012 (Issue # 1713)
The St. Petersburg authorities are seeking to anathema antithesis rallies in a city core by introducing breeze amendments to a internal law “On Assemblies, Rallies, Demonstrations, Marches and Pickets in St. Petersburg.”
Brought adult Wednesday by a Legislative Assembly’s Standing Commission on Law and Order, a check bans all rallies and marches on 15 executive squares including Palace Square, St. Isaac’s Square — where a Legislative Assembly is formed — and Ploshchad Diktatury Proletariata, where City Hall is located, as good as on a categorical downtown streets such as Nevsky Prospekt, Liteiny Prospekt, Ligovsky Prospekt and Moskovsky Prospekt.
The bill, that originated in City Hall’s Law and Order Committee, also forbids a holding of rallies closer than 50 meters from buildings assigned by supervision agencies, privately prosecutors’ offices, City Hall, a Palace of Congresses, consulates, radio studios and churches, among others.
If a check is passed, rallies will not be authorised to be reason reduction than 200 meters from tyrannise and train stations, seaports and airports.
Instead, a check says that a series of “specially designated sites” will be combined “for common contention of socially poignant questions and countenance of open view on especially socio-political issues.” Protesters will be given a right to reason assemblies there though requesting for authorization, on a condition that a series of those benefaction does not surpass 100. The check leaves it to City Hall to appropriate those sites.
The Legislative Assembly’s emissary Alexander Kobrinsky, who is a member of a Standing Commission on Law and Order, pronounced he had oral out opposite a check to his colleagues.
“In sold we asked if they accepted that St. Petersburg would turn a usually city in a courteous universe where adults are criminialized to denote criticism or support for supervision offices, be they executive, legislative or judicial,” pronounced Kobrinsky, who is a member of a oppositional Yabloko Democratic Party faction.
“Why do people come to rallies and other events? To denote to a authorities that they have a certain opinion and not another. And this will be criminialized [in St. Petersburg].”
Kobrinsky confronted a authorities’ and check supporters’ logic that it was indispensable for a preference of pedestrians and vehicles.
“The European Court of Human Rights has forked out regularly that any open open causes nuisance for pedestrians and vehicles, though that a right of adults to open countenance of their opinion takes precedence, and it can’t be singular on drift of practicability or [elimination of] hindrances,” he said.
“If people are forced to go around a rally, it’s inconvenient, though bearable. But if open assemblies are banned, it could lead to a amicable explosion, it could lead to violence, given people’s indignation will not go away. On a contrary, open assemblies are a approach to let off steam.”
Kobrinsky pronounced a check would not be listened until a fall, given a Legislative Assembly goes on summer vacation after a subsequent session, due Jun 27, and will resume a work on Sept. 1.
The Other Russia antithesis celebration will not conform a check if it is upheld into law, as it violates a constitution, a party’s internal personality Andrei Dmitriyev said. He pronounced his celebration would continue to attend in Strategy 31, a debate of rallies reason in invulnerability of a right of open that have taken place in a city given Jan 2010.
“These amendments are bootleg given they violate Article 31 of a Constitution of a Russian Federation [that guarantees a right of assembly],” Dmitriyev said.
“[City Governor Georgy] Poltavchenko and a deputies are wrong to wish that criticism activities will decrease; instead, these amendments will outcome in a bigger outburst.”