Belarusian Popular Front activist beaten dead by iron bars by unknown

2009 2009-11-27T16:53:22+0200 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

On November 26 in the hospital in Maryina Horka a democratic activist Valyantsin Dounar died.

As “Nasha Niva” was informed by Ales Vaskovich, a fellow party member of perished, on November 20 at about 10 p.m. unknown attacked Valyantsin Dounar in the street and started beating him on the head with iron rods. Later 49-year-old activist was taken to intensive care, but health professionals failed to rescue him.

Valyantsin Dounar was known in Maryina Horka as a distributor of independent press. Every Froday he brought from Minsk new editions of “Narodnaya Volya”, “Novy Chas” and delieverd them to subscribers, and handed out other newspapers.

“The person was harmless like a child. He lives alone. Everybody respected him. He deliverув newspapers to us rain or snow,” Vaskovich said.

Police has opened criminal case, but nobody is arrested still.

Funeral service is to take place in Maryina Horka o n Saturday at 2 p.m.