Belarus president Alexander Lukashenko signed a decree on safety measures during the 2nd European Games in Minsk. The document allows security at the hotels to conduct personal searches of tourists, and law enforcement agencies to block websites that call for unauthorized rallies and mass events.
Effective from 17 June to 2 July 2019.
The document contains security and safety measures regarding drones, transport, fire alarms and actions of law enforcement.
Drones and driving during 2nd European Games
Drones and model aircraft cannot be used at sports venues and near the hotels. Violators will have their equipment confiscated till the end of the Games.
The exception is made for drones used by the officials and organizers of the 2nd European Games.
On the streets of Minsk, traffic lanes will be allocated for the transport serving the Games. Those lanes will be specially marked and no other vehicles will be allowed to use them. Perpetrators will be fined.
Extra security forces and searches
Emergency Situations Ministry may conduct unscheduled inspections of fire safety in sports facilities, hotels, fan zones.
The military will help protect public order. They are allowed to use physical force, special means, and weapons if necessary. Cadets will be involved to provide information and organizational assistance to fans.
Security at the hotels will be allowed to conduct personal searches of tourists, check personal belonging and documents.
From 20 May to 30 June law enforcement agencies can block online calls for unsanctioned rallies and mass events within 24 hours.
Besides, they may decide to impose temporary blocking on certain websites.
Recall, Human Rights Watch and the Committee to Protect Journalists have called on Belarus to establish a complaints hotline for journalists during the 2nd European Games in Minsk.
“It’s likely [the authorities] may harass independent journalists in the lead-up and during the European Games”, Rachel Denber, deputy Europe and Central director at Human Rights Watch, said.