The Belarus Free Theatre (www.dramaturg.org
) appeals for support of the Artistic Community of the World in regards of arrests of up to 60 spectators, all actors, managers, directors of Free Theatre including three children of 6, 7, and 8 years old together with our friends French Director Christian Benedetti, Director of Theatre-Studio Jerome Impilizzierri, and Assistant to director Nina Reno and Netherlands professor Boris Gerets and Production Manager Mark Jansen. It is happened on August 22 when about 30 representatives of three different special forces (OMON, KGB, and district police) entered a rented facility where the Free Theatre planned to show its performances.
This act of harassment and intimidation in connection to the Belarus Free Theatre and its friends is just regular attempt in a row of many cases of harassment like dismissals of actors, directors, sending down of theatre manager, closing down clubs where Free Theatre performed, etc. According to the Geneva Convention, it is “Prohibition of Profession”.
The Belarus Free Theatre wants to assure that we will not stop our activities and we would continue to promote human values by means of theatre.
We appeal to all our friends to support freedom of Expression and Assembly in Belarus.
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Director and co-founder of the Belarus Free Theatre
Art-director and co-founder of the Belarus Free Theatre, playwright
Belarus Free Theatre Director