Mahiliou: Aliaksei Paulouski detained for collecting signatures

2012 2012-08-01T16:27:53+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

Aliaksei Paulouski, an activist of the Independent Trade Union of Radio Electronic Industry was detained in a dormitory building for “Zenit” plant workers, while gathering signatures to nominate Ryhor Antanovich and Uladzimir Punchanka as parliamentary candidates, RFE/RL reports.

According to the activist, he was detained at about 8 p.m.  The police were called by a security guard of the dormitory.

“The security guard pushed the alarm button. Two police officers arrived. The security guard told I was carrying out a political campaign. I was taken to a police station. I showed policemen signature sheets and they took me back to the dormitory. As it was found out the building supervisor ordered the security guard to call the police. The supervisor, for his part, received this order from a deputy director of Zenit plant. I was released. The policemen made a report for a false alarm call. I am going to file complaints to the constituency election commission and a prosecutor's office for creating obstacles in gathering signatures. This situation shows that candidates do not have equal conditions,” Aliaksei Paulouski says.