Viktar Ivashkevich Arrested
On 10 December the police detained the vice-chairman of the Belarusian People’s Front Party Viktar Ivashkevich. He was detained while walking near Kastrychnitskaya Square and taken to Tsentralny district police department of Minsk.
At 12 a.m. in Kastrychnitskaya Square in Minsk there started a meeting of entrepreneurs. About 1 000 people took part in it. They demanded the abolishment of some Lukashenka’s decrees that harden the conditions for private business in the country.
At the congress of the BPF Party held on 8–9 December Viktar Ivashkevich called Belarusians to come out to Kastrychnitskaya Square 12 December, ahead of Putin’s visit to Minsk.“Taking into account a threat that president Putin will press on Lukashenka, we want to come out and demonstrate there are many people in Belarus who will never agree to lose the independence, said Viktar Ivashkevich in the interview to the Charter’97 press center.