More Than 100 Persons on Hunger-strike of Support to New Life Church

2006 2006-10-09T10:00:00+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

69 Protestants spent the previous night in the building of the New Life church. On 6 October the believers declared a hunger-strike against the confiscation of the building by the authorities. Besides, they decided to serve masses everyday and hold a meeting of protest in Banhalor square in Minsk on 21 October.

The action of protest started after 29 September, when Minsk city territorial fund of state property transferred the money to the church’s account in accordance with the decision of Minsk City Economic Court about forcible ransom of the building in Kavaliou Street 72 (former cowshed) from the church property. According to the Belarusian legislation, the church had to pass the building to the fund within 10-days’ term since the date of the transfer.

Today, on 9 October, the activists of the unregistered organization Young Front Zmitser Khvedaruk, Aliaksei Shein and some other persons joined the hunger-strike. Protestants from Vitsebsk, Homel and Brest region also came to Minsk to support the church. At present 109 persons participate in the hunger-strike of protest.