Drahichyn: Police detain for campaigning

2008 2008-09-21T14:53:00+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

On September 21st, 9.50 a.m. Drahichyn police detained two activists near the entrance to the city market. Ales Ramanovich, agent of BPF candidate Uladzimir Kazeka (Dnepra-Buhskaya district # 10), and his team activist Vasil Prakopchyk were detained for distribution of Kazeka’s campaign materials.  The detained were taken to Drahichy police department. The police officers explained the detention in a very strange way: they claimed, campaigning is banned at work places. However, they failed to explain, whose work places they were referring to.  

Quite unexpectedly, head of ideology apartment of the rayon executive committee Dziyom stood up for the detained. He demanded from the police to release the activists. In 40 minutes Ales Ramanovich and Vasil Prakopchyk were set free.     Candidate Uladzimir Kazeka plans to file complaints to the district commission and prosecutor’s office about unlawful detention of his team members and obstacles in campaigning.   Human Rights Defenders for Free Elections