Arrests for anti-Lukashenka performances

2009 2009-12-03T20:04:18+0200 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

The young activists Pavel Prakapovich and Yahor Babrou were sentenced to 15 days of arrest, and Andrei Kuzminski to 7 days.

It was a verdict to the Young Belarus activists by the court of the Zavadski district of Minsk. The trial over Nastassia Mashchava was rescheduled, as the police witnesses did not come to the trial.

Bear in mind that the Young Belarus activists Andrei Kuzminski, Pavel Prakapovich, Nastassia Mashchava and Yahor Babrou were detained on 2 December for holding a performance near Belarus department store. The young people set up a stand and painted a man with moustache on it. It was written under the caricature: ‘Throw an egg at me if you don’t like the regime’. The young activists placed a box with eggs near the stand. There were some persons who liked the idea, and some eggs were flung into the stand.

However, participants of the action were detained soon. Policemen took the young activists to the police department of Zavadski district. As said by the press-secretary of Young Belarus Kasia Halitskaya, policemen threatened by criminal prosecution under Article 368 of the Criminal Code (insult of the president of Belarus). This crime is punished by up to two years of imprisonment.

Reports were drawn up against all the activists of Young Belarus. They were charged with participation in an unsanctioned rally. Young Belarus activists have spent a night in the delinquents’ isolation center in Akrestsin Street.