Action in Solidarity with the Singing Man Repressed By Police Print
Written by STASAC   
Thursday, 29 January 2009 22:20

In the midday of January 28th, 2009 the group of young activists vestured themselves in white sheets and holding black flags entered the main square of Alytus city and started to march in front of the city hall. They did it in solidarity with the unknown man who was holding the same black flag and sang alone in the same place just one week ago.

Besides the spectacle provided for the passers-by they gave the sheets of paper with clearly written down the concrete quotations from the Lithuanian Laws. 

According to the 284 article of Penal Code of Lithuanian Republic which regulates public nuisance is said:

1.  A person who in a public place by his impudent actions, threats, jeer or vandal acts has demonstrated his disrespect towards the surrounding persons or surrounding environment, and by this has disturbed society’s peace or order is punished by public works or a fine, or restriction on his freedom, or arrest, or imprisonment for up to 2 years. 

2. A person who in a public place by his obscene words or by his indecent behaviour has disturbed the public peace or order, has committed a criminal offence is punished by public works or a fine, or restrictions on his freedom, or arrest.

About civil rights in the Constitution of Lithuanian Republic is said:  

Article 20:  Personal freedom shall be inviolable; no person may be arbitrarily arrested or detained; no person may be deprived of freedom except on the bases, and according to the procedures, which have been established in laws; a person detained in flagrante delicto must, within 48 hours, be brought to court for the purpose of determining, in the presence of the detainee, the validity of the detention. In the event that the court does not pass a decision to arrest the person, the detained individual shall be released immediately.  

Article 21: the person shall be inviolable; human dignity shall be protected by law; it shall be prohibited to torture, injure, degrade, or maltreat a person, as well as to establish such punishments.

Article 25: individuals shall have the right to have their own convictions and freely express them; individuals must not be hindered from seeking, obtaining, or disseminating information or ideas; freedom to express convictions, as well as to obtain and disseminate information, may not be restricted in any way other than as established by law, when it is necessary for the safeguard of the health, honor and dignity, private life, or morals of a person, or for the protection of constitutional order; freedom to express convictions or impart information shall be incompatible with criminal actions - the instigation of national, racial, religious, or social hatred, violence, or discrimination, the dissemination of slander, or misinformation; citizens shall have the right to obtain any available information which concerns them from State agencies in the manner established by law.

Article 26: freedom of thought, conscience, and religion shall not be restricted.

Article 28: while exercising their rights and freedoms, persons must observe the Constitution and the laws of the Republic of Lithuania, and must not impair the rights and interests of other people.

Article 33: each citizen shall be guaranteed the right to criticize the work of State institutions and their officers, and to appeal against their decisions. It shall be prohibited to persecute people for criticism.

Article 36: citizens may not be prohibited or hindered from assembling in unarmed peaceful meetings; this right may not be subjected to any restrictions except those which are provided by law and are necessary to protect the security of the State or the community, public order, people's health or morals, or the rights and freedoms of other persons. 

The activists were interrogated by the police crew who came to the place, but eventually the flagmen weren’t taken neither by them nor by the ambulance as in a previous case with the old man one week ago.