The action was arranged by the Conservative Christian Party of the Belarusian People’s Front, BPF. Depite the city authorities sanctioned the rally, the plainclothes policemen were watching the participants from a distance.
At 11.45 am several dozen people started marching from Čaliuskincaŭ Park to Kurapaty, a Stalin-era mass grave site, where several thousand people were executed by Stalin’s secret police (NKVD).
During the rally, people are heard singing songs, chanting “Long Live Belarus“, talking about pensions, weather and integration with Russia. At the site, people read prayers, laid flowers and lit candles.
“This memorial is eternal, because every year people come here. No darkness will destroy Kurapaty. No evil spirits will erase them. The following Dzyady will take place in free Belarus,” the appeal by Zianon Pazniak, the nationalist politician, leader of the Conservative Christian Party – BPF and historian who in 1988 made public his researches of mass executions, was read aloud.