26 people on hunger strike in solidarity with political prisoners

2009 2009-05-08T17:51:11+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

The number of participants of a hunger strike in solidarity with political prisoner Mikalai Autukhovich is increasing every day.

On 8 May the Young Front member from Salihorsk Illia Nahorny joined the hunger-strikers at the BPF headquarters. The young man is going to be on hunger strike unless the procuracy fulfils requirements of Mikalai Autukhovich: changing the measure of restraint to house arrest or conducting a trial as soon as possible, the website mfront.net writes.

Belarusian public activist Raman Bahdanovich and two activists of the Belarusian¬-European Association (BAE) declared hunger strike on 7 May. The BAE members announced they go on hunger strike in front of the office of European Commission and the Council of Europe in Brussels.

According to Leanid Skarabahaty, coordinator of the Belarusian Christian Democracy in Minsk region, his daughter Emilia has gone on indefinite hunger strike on 5 May. Leanid Skarabahaty has been on dry hunger-strike since 5 May.

It became known that on 7 May the public activist Ales Hetman has been on indefinite hunger strike since Wednesday.

So, at least 26 people are on hunger strike of solidarity at the moment.

 Bear in mind that the  businessmen Yury Liavonau, Mikalai Autukhovich and Uladzimir Asipenka were arrested in Vaukavysk on 8 February. They are kept in Minsk pre-trial detention center.

Mikalai Autukhovich has gone on hunger strike protesting against lawlessness and arbitrary actions of the investigative agencies. He demands to take the case to the court or to change the measure of restraint for him and his colleagues Yury Liavonau and Uladzimir Asipenka. He has been on hunger strike for 21 days already.

On 4 May political and public figures declared themselves on indefinite hunger strike in solidarity with Mikalai Autukhovich. Famous political and public figures in Belarus and abroad are taking part in hunger strike. Among the strikers are former presidential candidate Alexander Kazulin, the leader of the BPF party Liavon Barshcheuski, former political prisoners Andrei Kim, Mikalai Statkevich and Siarhei Skrabets and leader of the coordinative council of entrepreneurs Alexander Makayeu.

The activists Nasta Palazhanka, Mikola Dzemidzenka, Andrei Tsianyuta, Artsiom Dubski, Yauhen Skrabets, Hleb Snorkin and Iryna Hubskaya are on indefinite hunger strike in the BPF headquarters in Minsk.