MIA justifies arbitrary arrests of oppositionists

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The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
Nasta Dashkevich

Nasta Dashkevich

A leader of Young Front Anastasia Palazhanka and its activist Andrei Liaukovich received answers to their complaints to the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

The Young Front members said in an interview to RFE/RL it was a traditional reply that police officers had not violated the law by their actions.

Anastasia Palazhanka filed a complaint after she had been detained near the entrance of her house, taken to the police department and kept there for more than five hours on 7 November. Her family didn’t information about the girl’s location.

Andrei Liaukovich was detained at the entrance to the house in Hrodna oblast, where the youth activist was gathering signatures within the frames of a campaign for support of the Belarusian language. Liaukovich had to spend some hours at the police department. All printed materials were seized.

The Young Front activists note this is not the first reply of the Ministry of Internal Affairs saying the Ministry doesn’t see any signs of abuse of power in policemen’s actions.