Police Bring Criminal Charges in Conjunction with Freedom Day Preparations

2007 2007-03-23T10:00:00+0200 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

The police started investigation of a criminal case under Article 342 of the Criminal Code. The case is linked to preparation of the action on the Freedom Day, members of the Freedom day action organizing committee Anatol Liaukovich and Ihar Shynkaryk were told by chief of Minsk police General Anatol Kuliashou.

According to Liakouvich and Shynkaryk, Kuliashou told the organizers that the day before the police had preventively detained a number of youth activists who allegedly had planned to organize mass disorders in Minsk. The conversation was video-recorded by STV (Minsk state-owned TV channel), reports RFE/RL.

Anatol Liaukovich, deputy chairman of the Belarusian Social Democratic Party Hramada, made the following statement in the police department: “Because the authorities banned the main celebration on the main square of the city, I end the obligations I undertook and recall my signature under the application, because our party has never played according to the scenario written by the government”.

According to Ihar Shynkaryk, deputy head of the United Civic Party, in the end of the conversation with General Kuliashou they came to the following agreement. The people who would come to October Square, should be led to the authorized place of gathering in an organized way. The police proposed the following route: around the square on Internatsyanalnaya Street, then along Yanka Kupala street to the State Circus, and then on the right side of the avenue to the Academy of Sciences.