After protest rally on October Square Franak Viachorka and BPF Youth beaten up

2008 2008-09-29T13:14:43+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 28 right after the protest rally against rigged election results, four active participants of the rally were beaten up. One of the leaders of the BPF Youth (The Belarusian Popular Front youth branch) Franak Viachorka was among them.

Franak Viachorka tells the Charter’97 press-centre:

“Stsiapan Sviderski, Anton Kalinouski, Katsiaryna Bychak and I were on our way back from the rally. At the crossing of Bahdanovcih and Nekrasau Streets at about 10.30 p.m. five short-haired heavily-built men attacked us and started to beat us up. I was kicked on the back and my head was punched, Anton was knocked down on the ground,” the young leader said.

The unknown snatched flagpoles of streamers and started to beat the opposition activists with them.

“We managed to run away, But our bags with streamers were seized from us,” Franak Viachorka said.