March 25 was planned by some liberal opposition leaders as the day of the biggest protest against Lukashenko’s policies this year, the biggest in the wave of recent anti-government demonstrations that started in February this year. It ended with the biggest police mobilization in years bringing thousands of riot cops to Minsk and detaining hundreds of people before and during the demonstration. Last Saturday, the capital of Belarus looked like a war zone created by the police.
Today in three major cities of Belarus – Minsk, Mogilev and Grodno – people took the streets protesting against government attempts to collect tax off the unemployed (details of the story HERE). In Minsk, demonstrations managed to gather more that 1 500 people, in Mogilev and Grodno 1 000 each. These are the biggest protests those cities have seen in decades. It is worth mentioning that most of the protesters are far from major political powers in the country and do not align with any opposition stream, rather prefer to point out the hard economical conditions and results of 24 years of Lukashenkos rule.
Mikalai Dziadok protested against tortures by prison staff.
Viasna human rights centre learnt it from Valeria Khotsina, the wife of
the political prisoner.
He will be under police supervision for 6 months after the release.
Aliaksandr Frantskevich, who served his term in No. 22 Ivatsevichy correctional colony, was released early in the morning of 3rd September. His mother and activists from the opposition organisation met him outside the prison. He will go to Navapolatsk to register with the police.
New short films on Belarusian anarchist political prisoners Ihar Alinevich and Mikalaj Dziadok, Mikalaj transferred to high-security prison
We’re glad to announce that after 620 days in prison Pavel Syramolatau
was released from prison by president pardon on September 27th. Pavel
was arrested on January 17th 2011 due to attack on KGB building in
Bobruisk, which was announced as solidarity action with anarchists
arrested in Minsk in September 2010.
*Mikalai Dziadok* (4,5 years) is finishing his 3rd month in a solitary
cell after having refused to work on Saturdays. Work is obligatory in
Belarusian penal colonies, but is regulated by the Labour Code, which
prescribes that a person shouldn't work more than 40 hours a week.
Mikalai was forced to work more on Saturdays, but refused to do so. He
was punished with 6 months of solitary confinement on June 1st. During
this period he is deprived of all dates, phone calls and food supply
from the outside.