Dashkevich, Pushkin… authorities start provocations against opposition activists
The artist and political
activist Ales Pushkin was detained at 3.45 p.m. in his house in the settlement
of Bobr of the Pukhavichy district.
As said by his wife, short before the detention their house was visited by a local tramp who tried to provoke a fight. Soon after he went away a police patrol headed by Major Andrei Andreikau arrived. The policemen stated they have received an application alleging that Pushkin had started a fight.
As a result the artist was arrested and taken away by the police car. At 4.20 p.m. the duty policeman of the Pukhavichy District Police Department said over the phone that Pushkin hadn’t been brought to them yet.
His wife has no doubts that the police staged a provocation against her husband and reminds that he was sentenced to 15 days of arrest in the similar circumstanced during the previous presidential election and was deprived of the opportunity to take part in actions of protest.
The leader of the Young Front Dzmitry Dashkevich was detained in the evening of 8 December while driving his car. The road police guarded him to the Pershamaiski District Police Department of Minsk. The Deputy Chairperson of the Young Front Nasta Palazhanka received sms-message from him. According to it, he was told that his name was absent in the electronic database of drivers and he must have forged his driver’s license.
These ‘strange cases’ aren’t that strange – the Belarusian authorities seem to begin an electoral clear-up, as usual.
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