Brest: Hunger-striker Liubou Razanovich taken to hospital

2006 2006-08-08T10:00:00+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”


Today an entrepreneur Liubou Razanovich was taken to the central hospital of Brest. Her hunger strike without liquids lasts for the 8th day. Doctors state that the state of health of the woman is in extremely grave condition. The woman herself told to RFE/RL that she was forced to stop the hunger strike.

I feel that this in the end for me. It is felt in everything. I feel really bad, the woman said.

The head of the therapeutics department Uladzimir Skvartsevich is in charge of the patient.

The woman has dehydration of the body. Its the result of a long hunger strike. There are special methods for recovery we shall use. The term of recovery for a fast is usually two weeks, the doctor said.

The termless hunger strike started in Brest on 5 July. Now 15 hunger strikers take part in it. They are owners of taxi cars, their relatives, drivers and two vendors from a Brest market, who joined the protest. They demand to overturn the ruling of tax agencies. Hunger strikers refuse to pay the fee for using means of transportation in business activities paid by owners of cars imported to Belarus before 2004. The republican tax was imposed by a presidential decree in 2004, and the owners of taxi cars had imported cars in Belarus much earlier.