News for 20 Aug 2007

20.08.2007 Brest: Police Disrupt Meeting with Pavel Seviarynets

On 19 August in Brest the police detained participants of a meeting with a youth leader Pavel Seviarynets. It happened in 30 minutes after the beginning of the meeting. At first the people heard somebody knocking on the door. Then somebody started breaking it out. Shouting: ‘There is a thieves’ meeting! Hands up! I will shoot!’ a group of persons in mufti with a lieutenant-colonel at the head burst into the BPF office rented in a small cafe. About 20 policemen blocked the cafe, detained 32 persons and lead them out with hands on the heads.

20.08.2007 Russian Nazis from Vitsebsk Try to Intimidate Local Democrats

At the end of the last week Vitsebsk activists received threat letters signed by Vitsebsk branch of Russian National Unity (RNE). It is already the second attempt to intimidate the democratic society of Vitsebsk.

20.08.2007 Ivatsevichy: Police Detain Group of Youth Activists

After a visit to memorable places in Kosava a group of youngsters (consisting predominantly of members of BPF Youth) rested in Ivatsevichy district. Today they have been detained by the police.

20.08.2007 Salihorsk: Police Detain and Beat Cycle Race Participants

On Sunday, 19 August, activists of Salihorsk branch of Young Front held a circle race that ended with detentions and beatings.

20.08.2007 ‘NRM’ Concert Banned

On 9 September a concert of NRM rock band was to have taken place at League disco club in Mahiliou. The concert was organized by Mahiliou city center of culture and recreation. At first it was appointed on 26 August, but then was postponed to 9 September because of illness of the lead singer Liavon Volski.

20.08.2007 Spontaneous Protest of Vendors at Zhdanovichy Market

On Sunday 19 August more than 100 vendors staged a spontaneous protest at Svet Mody-3 shopping center in Zhdanovichy after tax officers decided to seize fur coats from a vendor.

20.08.2007 Minsk City Court Upholds Registration Denial to Young Front

On August 17 rejected Minsk City Court a lawsuit filed by the founding committee for a city-level youth organization called Young Front against the Ministry of Justice over a registration denial.

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