Journalists Briefly Detained on Sunday
The journalists were covering an electoral picket of the United Civil Party at 11 pm, March 16, near the Kamarouski market. Participants of the picket were detained, too, in all about 10 people. The UCP claimed the picket was allowed by the executive authorities.
In the police department, the journalists’ data were copied, but no other records were made. The journalists were set free between 2.00 and 2.30 pm.
Also, Henadz Veratsinski, BAJ member, was taking photos at the picket. The policemen first interfered with the view, and then just grabbed the camera and deleted all the pictures.
On Monday, March 17, the participants go under trial under article 23.34 of the Administrative Code (violating the procedure of organizing and holding a mas event). The picketers held portraits of 10 political prisoners, reports Viasna, and of disappeared Belarusian politicians Viktar Hanchar, Yury Zakharanka, Anatol Krasouski, and journalist Dmzitry Zavadski.