More actions of solidarity with Ales Bialiatski held in Belarus (photos)
On 5 August human rights defender Aleh Matskevich presented postcards for the political prisoner Ales Bialiatski to each visitor of the editorial office of of the private newspaper “Barysauskiya Naviny”.
He handed out several dozens of postcards and told the visitors that twelve people are still kept in jail in Belarus because of their political views. Barysau residents listened to the human rights defender with interest and eagerly took the postcards. Many of them assured they would send them to the political prisoners.
On 5 August Brest human rights defenders held an informational action in support of the head of the Human Rights Center “Viasna”, vice-president of the International Federation for Human Rights Ales Bialiatski who has been kept in jail for two years already.
As stated by one of the action participants, Yury Zhydovich, human rights defenders handed out informational postcards dedicated to Ales Bialiatski, as well as postcards for other political prisoners, in the center of Brest.
On 5 August leaflets, dedicated to the Day of Solidarity with the Civil Society of Belarus and dated to the second anniversary of the arrest of Ales Bialiatski, were posted in the streets of Klimavichy. The action was held by activists of “Tell the Truth”.
On 6 August they also filed an application to the Klimavichy District Executive Committee for holding a picket on 23 August.
“We prepared to this action in advance”, says the Klimavichy activist of “Tell the Truth” Aliaksandr Balobin. “On 4 August we wrote and sent two letters of solidarity with Als Biliatski. On 5 August we posted leaflets, dedicated to the International Day of Solidarity with the Civil Society of Belarus and political prisoners, on advertisement boards and bus stops in Hertsen, 50 hod SSSR and Kamunistychnaya Streets. By the way, the leaflets are still there, nobody has torn them down. Today, on 6 August, we also filed an application for holding a picket on 23 August.”
Portraits of Ales Bialiatski have been hanging in the center of Mahiliou for two days already. On 6 August they were noticed in at least three public places. Moreover, such leaflets keep hanging at the bus stops in the villages of the Mahiliou district.
On 4 August Mahiliou human rights defenders held an action of solidarity with Ales Bialiatski. They handed out postcards with his photos and posted his portraits in the places for advertisement. One of the action participants, Dyiana Burakova, was detained and spent an hour at the police station. She was released as soon as the police officers drew up a detention report.
In the evening of 4 August activists of the Human Rights Center “Viasna” handed out several hundreds postcards in support of the political prisoner Ales Bialiatski. According to one of the action participants, Vasil Leuchankau, a part of passers-by expressed solidarity with political prisoners. There were also some people who heard about this issue for the first time. The action lasted for 15 minutes and ended without detentions.
Prior to the event four Orsha activists applied to the Orsha District Executive Committee with the request to permit the picket they intended to hold in the recreation part of workers of the knitting industry. However, the authorities banned the action referring to the fact that its organizers didn't enter into service agreements with the police, public utilities and medics.