Miory: collector of signatures receives phone threats

2010 2010-11-05T22:21:07+0200 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en http://spring96.org/files/images/sources/telefanavannie.jpg The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

According to the member of the campaign team of Vital Rymasheuski Iryna Valter, on 4 November she received a phone call from an unidentified man. He stated that she needed to urgently take away from the district executive committee the signatures that had been collected in favor of Mr. Rymasheuski and threatened her with trouble at work otherwise.

Though her phone has an automatic number identifier, the telephone number wasn’t identified by it. The woman answered that he had wrong information, as she looked after her children instead of working, that’s why she couldn’t have any trouble. He proposed that they met somewhere, but she refused. Than he said that he warned her about unpleasant consequences. When she asked who he was he put down the receiver.

Now I.Valter is preparing an application to the Miory District Election Commission concerning this fact. She is also going to obtain from the local communications center a printout of the telephone calls to her telephone number.

Iryna Valter also reminds that several electors revoked their signatures in support of Vital Rymasheuski. Iryna asked one of them whether she had only signed the application for revoking the signature, or had to write it. The woman answered that she had only signed it, which means that somebody had come to her with a prepared text of the application.

Iryna Valter asked the woman to write the application that she had been forced to revoke her signature, but the letter refused saying she was afraid that the authorities would deprive her of the pension
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