Miory: policemen don’t know electoral laws

2010 2010-12-08T20:35:26+0200 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en http://spring96.org/files/images/sources/milicija-belarusi1.jpg The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

A police inspector told Zmitser Palcheuski to stop handing out leaflets in support of Uladzimir Niakliayeu alleging that only the candidate or his proxy could distribute any printed materials.

The activist was detained and guarded to the Miory District Police Department. ‘There the police inspector started telling me that I didn’t have the right to hand out leaflets and agitate for my candidate – that I had no rights at all, to put it short,’ said Mr. Palcheuski.

’We need to organize legal aid to Zmitser Palcheuski, because there are few people in small towns who dare to agitate for democratic candidates, and the local policemen have little knowledge of the electoral legislation. The case in Miory is the first one of such a kind, but it can happen in any other town where the police will decided to demonstrate ‘super-vigilance’ and intimidate our activists,’ said Lidziya Sahidulina, the coordinator of Niakliayeu’s electoral team in the Vitsebsk region.

By the way, during the collection of signatures in Miory members of the electoral team of Vital Rymasheuski had received anonymous telephone threats. In addition, those who signed in support of Rymasheuski were visited and proposed to refuse from their signatures.

The incident with Zmitser Palcheuski witnesses that electoral legislation is still violated in Miory.  

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