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.
The Minsk authorities allowed to hold a demonstration in honour of the Belarusian National Republic 90th anniversary from the Academy of Sciences to Banhalor Square. Mikola Statkevich, applicant for the action and one of the initiators of the campaign “European Belarus” finds this permission to be insulting for national holiday Freedom Day.”
Paval Kuryanovich, activist of the civil campaign “European Belarus”, was arrested for 15 days for participation in the action of solidarity with Tibetan people struggling for independence from China.