Vitsebsk: Kavalenka's family held a picket
On 3 May Alena Kavalenka,
wife of political prisoner Siarhei Kavalenka, and their children Valiantsin and
Vika held a picket near "Marco-city" in Lenin Street in Vitsebsk. They stood
there for about 20 minutes, holding the poster "Children need the
On the poster there were two photos of the family: one of them – with Siarhei, the other – without him, with the inscription: "7-year-old son needs father to be brought up! 7-month-old daughter needs father's love!".
Siarhei Kavalenka was keeping a long-term hunger-strike of protest against the prison term (2 years and 1 months), to which he was sentenced for alleged violations of the regime of the personal restraint, to which he had been sentenced for hanging out a white-red-white flag on the main New Year Tree of Vitsebsk on 7 January 2010.
According to Alena Kavalenka, Siarhei can start a new hunger-strike if the Vitsebsk Regional Court turns down his appeal against the prison sentence.