of December 30, 1997 No. 114-Z
About mass actions in the Republic of Belarus
It is accepted by the House of Representatives on December 4, 1997
Approved by Council of the Republic on December 19, 1997
This Law establishes procedure for the organization and carrying out in the Republic of Belarus for meetings, meetings, street processions, demonstrations, picketing and other mass actions and is directed to creation of conditions for realization of constitutional rights and freedoms of citizens, ensuring public safety and procedure when holding these actions on streets, squares and in other public places.
Freedom of the mass actions which are not breaking law and order and the rights of other citizens of the Republic of Belarus is guaranteed by the state.
The legislation of the Republic of Belarus on mass actions consists of the Constitution of the Republic of Belarus, this Law and other acts of the legislation of the Republic of Belarus.
For the purposes of this Law the following basic concepts are applied:
mass action - meeting, meeting, street procession, demonstration, picketing and other mass action;
other mass action - the sports and mass, cultural and spectacular, other spectacular or cultural action, religious action held in the places which are specially not intended for this purpose under the open sky or indoors;
meeting - joint presence of citizens in in advance determined place under the open sky or indoors at the scheduled time, gathered for collective discussion and the solution of the questions infringing on their interests;
meeting - mass presence of the citizens in certain place under the open sky who gathered for public discussion and expression of the relation to actions (failure to act) of persons and the organizations, to events of social and political life and also for the solution of the questions infringing on their interests;
street procession - organized grass-roots movement of group of citizens on pedestrian or carriageway (road), the boulevard, the prospectus, the area for the purpose of drawing attention to any problems or public expression of the social and political moods or protest;
demonstration - organized grass-roots movement of group of citizens on pedestrian or carriageway (road), the boulevard, the prospectus, the area, including with use of vehicles and other vehicles, for the purpose of drawing attention to any problems or public expression of the social and political moods or protest with use of posters, banners and other means;
picketing - public expression by the citizen or group of citizens of social and political, group, private and other interests or protest (without procession), including by hunger strike, on any problems with use or without use of posters, banners and other means. The joint mass presence of citizens in in advance determined public place (including under the open sky) at the scheduled time for making of in advance determined act organized (including through the global computer Internet or other information networks) for public expression of the social and political interests or protest is equated to picketing;
the essential harm done to the rights and legitimate interests of citizens, the organizations to the either the state or public concerns - failure of mass action, the temporary termination of organization activity or violation of movement of vehicles, death of people, causing heavy bodily harm to one or several victims;
damage in large size - damage on the amount exceeding the size of basic size established on the date of making of offense in ten thousand and more time.
Operation of this Law extends to citizens of the Republic of Belarus, foreign citizens and stateless persons within their rights and freedoms, stipulated by the legislation the Republic of Belarus.
The procedure for the organization and holding mass actions established by this Law does not extend on:
the meetings of groups of workers, political parties, labor unions, religious and other organizations held in rooms according to the legislation of the Republic of Belarus, charters of the specified organizations (regulations on them);
the meetings held according to the legislation of the Republic of Belarus on republican and local meetings;
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