Democratic activists sentenced to 5 days of arrest for action against state propaganda

2012 2012-10-12T16:56:15+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

As stated to RFE/RL by Bolha Burnevich, the leader of the youth initiative “Alternative” Aleh Korban and an activist Uladzimir Siarheyeu were detained for an action against the propaganda on Belarusian TV.

They held a flash-mob on the corner of Niamiha and Haradzki Val Streets. They put there a TV set with the logo of the 1st National TV channel and put noodles atop and around it. “To put noodles on somebody's ears” in Slavonic languages is an idiom meaning “to tell bold lies”.

At present the detainees are being tried at the Partyzanski District Court. They are charged with violation of Article 17.1 of the Code of Administrative Offenses, “disorderly conduct”. The case is considered by the judge Ryta Sharai.

The trial started at 12.30 a.m. A break was announced almost immediately, as Siarheyeu and Korban asked to be given some time to study the case materials. After the break, at 2.40-2.50 p.m. both defendants were sentenced to 5 days of arrest.