News for 24 Mar 2013
24.03.2013 Report on monitoring the public event on Freedom Day in Minsk (March 24, 2013)
The Human Rights Center “Viasna” notes that the Freedom Day event of March 24, 2013 was mostly peaceful. However, the police used unjustified arrests against the protesters. This is unacceptable and indicative of the fact that during the rally the authorities unduly restricted the right of citizens to peaceful assembly, while a number of demonstrators were subjected to administrative responsibility.
24.03.2013 Activists detained ahead and after Freedom Day demonstration in Minsk
Some 2,000 Belarusian pro-democratic activists and ordinary citizens took part in today’s demonstration in central Minsk to mark the 95th anniversary of the Belarusian People’s Republic, Freedom Day. The manifestation was authorized by the city executive officials, who however banned the use of flags and banners.
24.03.2013 Biarozauka activist called for “preventive conversation”
Siarhei Trafimchyk, regional coordinator of the “For Freedom” opposition movement from the town of Biarozauka, Hrodna region, is facing groundless harassment from local police. On March 22 he received a phone call from the head of Lida district police department who asked the activist to appear for an interview.