Zmitser Dashkevich: There could be no other sentence for Mikalai Statkevich
Co-chairman of Young Front and a former political prisoner Zmitser Dashkevich shared his opinion with charter97.org about yesterday's trial of Mikalai Statkevich, which resulted in his repeated transfer to prison.
"It is a logical sentence, which is the result of the current regime. I believe the colony administration could not leave Statkevich among two thousand convicts in the Škloŭ colony, therefore, they isolated him.
Perhaps, the trial was moved for a special purpose and it coincided with another visit of an official of the European Union to demonstrate something. But Lukashenka has no need to give any additional orders. Repressive mechanism is launched and it operates. Every its member thinks how not to miss another burst of citizen activism. Therefore, one can carry out an order and pursue someone, and others may even add something new.
It was the only possible scenario with respect to Mikalai Statkevich. He had to be insulated. The situation could have been even worse as with Mikalai Dziadok, who was sentenced to additional year six days before the release. This is vandalism. Here we at least know that he will stay in closed prison until the end of the current term and then he will be released," he said.