Activist in Maladziečna sentenced to 7 days in jail over green protest

2016 2016-05-16T13:20:58+0300 2016-05-16T13:21:20+0300 en http://spring96.org/files/images/sources/pavel_sergei.jpg The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
Pavel Siarhei. Photo by RFE / RL

Pavel Siarhei. Photo by RFE / RL

Pavel Siarhei has been sentenced to 7 days of administrative arrest for being involved in a protest against the construction of a major pig farm in the town of Maladziečna, Minsk region, according to local human rights activist Ales Kaputsky.

The activist was found guilty of illegal picketing outside the town executive committee building on May 14. As a result, three protesters were charged. Two of them were released and are expected to stand trials in the near future.

Pavel Siarhei is the first activist to be sentenced to a jail term since the beginning of 2016, as courts across the country still keep imposing heavy fines on peaceful protesters.

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