Homel: police visit oppositionists’ apartments

2009 2009-05-05T17:36:02+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

Homel police are visiting opposition activists living near the supposed place of meeting of Lukashenka and Yushchenko.


According to unofficial information, Viktor Yushchenko and Alexander Lukashenka are to lay flowers to the monument to Taras Shevchenko near Kastrychnik cinema.


On 5 April, at 9.00 a.m., two police majors visited a private house of human rights activist Ales Yauseyenka, who lives 500 meters away from the monument to the Ukrainian classic. The representative of the human rights organization Belarusian Helsinki Committee was surprised to see the police.


‘I wasn’t prepared to meet majors at that time. I didn’t have time to dress myself in a proper way. But the brave officers calmed me, they said they were not girls,’ Ales Yauseyenka told Belorusski Partizan.


The morning guests examined the house and the nearby territory, but forgot to introduce themselves. The police officers asked the owner of the private house how long he had been living there, if he knew his neighbor living at the beginning of the street. By a strange train of events, the neighbor, whom the police were looking for, was a cell mate of Vasil Liavonau, former minister of agriculture.