Omsk Zombie Walk banned at church's request
Zombies could harm your children Photo: ITAR-TASS
Omsk city administration banned a Zombie Walk at the request of local diocese, Interfax reports, citing walk organizer Mikhail Yakovlev.
"The administration of Sovetsky district of the city of Omsk aren't allowing the Zombie Walk after representatives of Omsk and Tavric diocese wrote them a letter condemning such events, noting its negative influence on the public. I fail to understand how the diocese can influence the authorities decision," Yakovlev said.
He said that he already sued the authorities for infringing on his constitutional rights.
"We sometimes organize events like this, and other thematic things. And we will continue to do so. As an orthodox believer, I see no evil in Zombie Walks, nothing that would offend believers," said Yakovlev.
Yakovelev said he saw similarities in persecution of Pussy Riot in Moscow and the Zombie Walk ban in Omsk.
He added that "both in the Pussy Riot case and in ours we see that the church is interfering not only with the matters of state, but also in criminal cases and cultural issues. And our event is only a cultural, entertainment thing. Nevertheless, we didn't create it as a support for Pussy Riot."
Konstantin Sayenko, the councilor of the head of administration of Sovetsky district in Omsk said that the reason for the denial of permission to organize a Zombie Walk was an infringement of the terms of notification and a lack of event program.
Sayenko confirmed that there were letters to the administration from citizens, public organisations, and the Omsk and Tavric diocese, who thought that the zombie walk was an infringement on people's rights.
"The diocese thought that scenes with bloody clothes could harm the mental health of nervous citizens and children."
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