Is it strange to think about freedom, coming home late night and looking at an unfinished cup of tea? No. My sister and I were once seeking for definition for “freedom”…
Participants of the rally on March 25 are started to be released. The demonstrators told the Chareter’97 press center what expected them after detention, told the activist of the civil campaign “European Belarus” Yauhen Afnagel.
“Belarus takes a back seat in the European history, it didn’t understand that neither nuclear Russia nor average by European standards Belarus won’t be able to build relations with the West on their conditions,” Andrei Sannikov, international coordinator of Charter’97 thinks.
Doctors of Minsk hospital No 3 diagnosed Andrei Babitski, activist of the civil campaign “European Belarus,” with “closed displaced fracture of eighth rib.” The youth activist and dozens of other participants of the demonstration on 25 March were beaten up brutally by riot militiamen. Emergency brigade, called to the Savetski district internal affairs department, refused to help the oppositionist.
The NATO countries haven’t taken the decision to include Ukraine and Georgia in the Membership Action Plan (MAP). Receiving such a status is considered is generally believed the first step towards joining the world’s biggest military bloc.
Activist of the civil campaign “European Belarus” Palina Kuryanovich is sentenced to 10 days of arrest for an attempt to hold an action near the Russian embassy against possible Belarus’ joining to the Russian Federation, which was to be held on 2 April. The trial lasted 5 minutes; the sentence was read by Tatsyana Paulyuchuk, judge of the Tsentralny district court of Minsk.
“No to Russia, yes to Europe!” Activists of the civil campaign “European Belarus” planed to hold an action near the Russian embassy under this slogan. But militia didn’t let youth activists express their protest against Russia’s offence against independence of our country.
Several actions demanding to release political prisoners, opposition activists, arrested 25 March, and stop pressing upon independent Belarusian media were held in Minsk 30 March.
As the Charter’97 press-center was informed by human rights activists, during the brutal disband by riot policemen of the protest dedicated to celebration of the 90th anniversary of the Belarusian National Republic, more than 100 persons were detained in Minsk.
The Belarusian regime had promised to release all political prisoners before the end of February this year. This statement has been made by the international coordinator of the Charter’97 press-center, one of the initiators of the campaign “European Belarus” Andrei Sannikov. “Representatives of European states who took part in the Brussels Forum have informed about such agreements. Now the sharp reaction of the United States and imposing sanctions against Belneftekhim become clear,” said Mr. Sannikov in an interview to the Charter’97 press-centre.