News for 3 Mar 2008

Salihorsk: Police Detain Meeting Participants

03.03.2008 Salihorsk: Police Detain Meeting Participants

On 2 March about 300 people gathered in the central square of the town of Salihorsk to take part in a meeting for protection of the social guarantees. The action was violently dispersed by the police with participation of the riot squad that came from Minsk.

03.03.2008 Aliaksei Marozau Detained for Solidarity with Aliaksandr Kazulin

On 2 March, at 7 p.m. the police detained an activist of the Belarusian Social Democratic Party (headed by the political prisoner Aliaksandr Kazulin) while hanging out a banner with the demand to release Kazulin near the politician’s house in Starazhouskaya Street in Minsk. The police detained Pavel Marozau with the words: ‘Stand still, bitch, or we will shoot!’. He was guarded to the remand prison in Akrestsin Street and spent the night there. His parents were not informed. Today the activist has been taken to Tsentralny district court of Minsk.

03.03.2008 Asipovichy: Flag over Police House

On 2 March in Asipovichy somebody hanged out a large white-red-white flag over the nine-storeyed house where only policemen live. It hanged above the house for about 45 minutes and then was removed by the ‘vigilant policemen’.

03.03.2008 Police Confiscate 2 000 Copies of Svaboda Newspaper

About 2 000 copies of the non-state newspaper Svaboda were confiscated from an activist of Asipovichy branch of the Young Front Artsiom Dubski.

03.03.2008 Milinkevich in Brest Region: Six Detentions for Two Days

On the way from Brest to the town of Kobryn the road police detained the car by which the leader of For Freedom movement Aliaksandr Milinkevich was driven to a meeting. The car was guarded to the local police department without any explanations. As a result Milinkevich and Co headed for Kobryn on foot. After the meeting the politician was detained for ‘unauthorized action’.

03.03.2008 Policeman Sentenced to 3 Years of Jail for Torturing a Suspect

27-year-old policeman from Pinsk district police department tortured a person, who was suspected in having stolen a radio recorder from the car that belonged to the policeman’s father. In order to get confession from the suspect the policeman first beat him and than handcuffed his hands and feet and hanged him on a crowbar. After the tortures the suspects hands were paralyzed.

03.03.2008 Mazyr Authorities Hinder Meeting of Protestants

On 29 February, at 8 p.m., the police and workers of the ideological department of Mazyr district executive committee paid an unexpected visit to the private house of the pastor of the Full Evangel Church of Jesus Christ in Mazyr.

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