Police Detain about 20 Persons in Yanka Kupala Park

2004 2004-12-30T10:00:00+0200 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

On 28 December the police detained about 20 persons in Yanka Kupala Park in Minsk for handing out orange stripes to passers by and New Year congratulations.

All detainees were taken to Minsk Tsentralny Borough Board of Internal Affairs. Among them there were the activist of United Civil Party Maryna Bahdanovich, the journalist of Narodnaya Volia newspaper Volha Klaskowskaya and the activist of Zubr movement Iryna Towstsik.

At 6 p.m. on 28 December 2004 it was intended to congratulate people with New Year, change orange stripes to oranges and set the tent that was donated to Minsk citizens by Kyiv students.

Despite the fact that the people who gathered in the park didn't violate anything, the police detained them, to be on the safe side.

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