Brest: first detentions before ‘For Freedom’ March

2009 2009-05-14T17:15:50+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en

On 14 May at 12 a.m. near the railway station in Brest the police detained the youth activists Mikhail Iliin and Andrei Sharenda for ‘identification’ and guarded them to Leninski district police department. The detained activists were heading for the ‘For Freedom’ march that will to take place on 6 p.m. in Minsk. The detention was explained by an anonymous telephone call informing the police about two people who were behaving like hooligans at the railway station and whose appearance allegedly resembled the detained activists.

The police searched the detainees’ belongings and took them for expertise concerning the use of alcohol. In 1.5 hours Iliin and Sharenda were released and returned to the railway station. There they bought tickets and took a train to Minsk. However, they were set off it by the police again and were guarded to transport police department without being given any accusations.-- /* Style Definitions */ p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal {mso-style-parent:""; margin:0cm; margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";} @page Section1 {size:595.3pt 841.9pt; margin:2.0cm 42.5pt 2.0cm 3.0cm; mso-header-margin:35.4pt; mso-footer-margin:35.4pt; mso-paper-source:0;} div.Section1 {page:Section1;} -->

Two more activists of the Young Front, Yuliya Pashko and Ivan Stasiuk, were set off a train in Baranavichy, allegedly because their appearance matched with the appearance of the persons who had committed a crime in that train half an hour ago.

The activists were guarded to transport police department. There they were made to write explanatory notes. Then the policemen said they would be let go in a couple of minutes.