Lyabedzka demands bring Minsk riot militiamen to criminal responsibility

2009 2009-10-19T19:10:55+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

The head of the United Civil Party referred to Prosecutor General of Belarus Ryhor Vasilevich.

Anatol Lyabedzka demands to organize investigation over the facts of unlawful actions of law enforcement officers and bring them to criminal responsibility, BelaPAN reports.

A ground for the appeal was forceful dispersal of a picket of solidarity held on October square of Minsk on October 16.

Anatol Lyabedzka was beaten up by militia officers during dispersal of the rally and guarding the detained to the Tsentralny district militia department.

As has informed earlier, about 22 opposition activists were detained on that day. Activists of the civil campaign “European Belarus” Zmitser Barodka, Pavel Yukhnevich, Aleh Ladutska, Alyaksei Sinchyla, Palina Dzyakava, Maksim Serhiets, Yury Plyashkou, head of the Belarusian Social Democratic Party (Narodnaya Hramada) Mikalai Statkevich, leader of the “BPF Youth” Andrei Krachko, UCP activist Mikhail Pashkevich, “Young Front” activists Anastasia Palazhanka and Mikola Dzemidzenka, and many others were detained.

More than a hundred of riot militiamen were thrown against the people, who came to October square in Minsk on Solidarity Day on October 16. No sooner had the protesters unfurled portrait of the political prisoners, they were beaten. A part of demonstrators sat on the ground in protest, they were beaten at first, and then forced into buses with the rest. It took only some minutes to arrest the demonstrators.

Journalists were not allowed to film the dispersal again. If on rallies on September 9 and 16 two or three men hindered every journalist, this time each correspondent was followed by five riot militiamen, who snatches lenses and damaged cameras.