News for 10 Sep 2007

10.09.2007 Belarusian Authorities Hide Sentence to Klimau

In the evening of 7 September it became known that more than a month ago the political activist Andrei Klimau had been sentenced to 2 years of jail for alleged distribution of calls to coup d’etat through internet.

10.09.2007 Dzianis Sadouski Sentenced to 5 Days of Jail

On 10 September in Orsha the judge Tatsiana Rybakova sentenced a member of the organizing committee for the establishment of the Belarusian Christian Democracy Party Dzianis Sadouski to 5 days of jail under article 17.1 of the Administrative Code (petty hooliganism, standard accusation against opposition activists). Dzianis was detained on 8 September near Orsha during the celebration of an anniversary of the Orsha battle.

10.09.2007 Minsk: Meeting of Entrepreneurs in Banhalor Square

At 12 a.m. on 10 September several hundred entrepreneurs gathered for an authorized meeting in Banhalor Square of Minsk. The application for the authorization of the action had been filed by 12 activists of the Perspective entrepreneurs’ association including the heads of entrepreneurs’ councils from Minsk, Homel, Vitsebsk and other towns and cities.

10.09.2007 Baranavichy: Police Detain Journalists and Youth Activists during Trial over Yaraslau Hryshchenia

On 10 September in Baranavichy the youth activist Yaraslau Hryshchenia stood a trial for participation in unregistered organization (article 193.1 of the Criminal Code). Many youth activists came to the court to support him. A number of independent journalists elucidated the action of support. By 10.30 a.m. the police detained more than 20 participants of the action.

10.09.2007 Action of Support to Youth Activists of Belarus Held at the UN Entrance

On 8 September the Belarusian Youth Movement of America held an action of support to the activists of an unregistered youth organization Young Front Nasta Azarka, Yaraslau Hryshchenia and Ivan Shyla.

10.09.2007 Orsha: Police Detain People for Celebrating the Day of Belarusian Military Glory

About 100 opposition activists were detained on 8 September, the Day of Belarusian Military Glory in Orsha and Mahiliou. Only in the Krapivenskaya field were the bards’ fest was to be held over 40 people were detained. The group of 20 public activists was detained in Mahiliou. In Orsha the people were taken off trains and busses and after several hours’ detainment forced to return to their places. But 9 September another 20 people were detained in the Krapivenskaya field. Among the detainees there were many well-known people: bard Andrei Melnikau, artist Ales Pushkin, youth leaders Zmitser Khvedaruk, Andrei Sharenda, activists Ivan and Illia Shyla.

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