Police raid LGBT parties

2013 2013-01-14T17:26:52+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en http://spring96.org/files/images/sources/logo_gaybelarus_bel_.jpg The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

In the night of 12-13 January the police raided an LGBT-party of the human rights project "GayBelarus" in the "21st century" club in Vitsebsk. At about 0.20 a.m. riot police assaulted the club. All participants of the party were lined up facing the wall – males on one side of the corridor, females – on the other.

All of them were shot on video and were forced to tell their personal information.

There were about 60 people in the club. The police failed to give precise reasoning for the raid, saying they were looking for some people who evaded from military service, or for some drugs. However, they kept asking questions which had no relations to the army and drugs – what were the people doing in the club, or how they found about the party.

Having put down everybody's personal data, the police went away. No detentions were conducted. Bear in mind that the day before, on Friday, analogical raid was conducted in the Minsk gay-club 6A. There were about 100 people there, and the police were allegedly looking for a criminal.

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