News for 12 Mar 2008

12.03.2008 Traffic Police Senselessly Put Citizens’ Lives in Danger

Traffic police officers barred the road with car with people inside to stop a drunk driver, rushing at 180 km/h.

Faces for Amnesty – Freedom for Prisoners of Conscience In Belarus!

12.03.2008 Faces for Amnesty – Freedom for Prisoners of Conscience In Belarus!

The German branch of the international human rights organization Amnesty International decided to hold an action for release of the political prisoner Aliaksandr Kazulin. Here’s the text of the press-release concerning the action.

Sum of Absurd Claims to European March Organizers Reaches 10 Million Rubles

12.03.2008 Sum of Absurd Claims to European March Organizers Reaches 10 Million Rubles

Yesterday Savetski district court of Minsk continued the hearings on the suit of the Horremautador state enterprise against the organizers of the European March action which took place on 14 October 2007. The enterprise demands from the defendants Yauhen Afnahel, Zmitser Fedaruk, Viktar Ivashkevich, Anatol Liabedzka, Aliaksandr Milinkevich and Viktar Viachorka 2 135 974 rubles (about 993 US dollars) for additional expenditures on cleaning the streets and removal of litter.

Use of Punitive Psychiatry Continues: Aliaksandr Kruty Detained and Placed in Psychiatric Hospital

12.03.2008 Use of Punitive Psychiatry Continues: Aliaksandr Kruty Detained and Placed in Psychiatric Hospital

On 3 March Aliaksandr Kruty came to a polyclinic to get registered there. He was met by the policemen, who forcedly took him to the Navinki psychiatric hospital in Minsk.

Police Draw Violation Report against Aliaksandr Makayeu

12.03.2008 Police Draw Violation Report against Aliaksandr Makayeu

On 12 March a leader of the entrepreneurs’ movement, supporter of the For Freedom movement Aliaksandr Makayeu was summonsed to Maskouski district police department (DPD) of Minsk. There the police drew on him a violation report for participation in the meeting of entrepreneurs in Baranavichy on 11 February.

Brest Authorities Allow Picket for Release of Aliaksandr Kazulin

12.03.2008 Brest Authorities Allow Picket for Release of Aliaksandr Kazulin

Brest city executive committee satisfied the application for authorization of a picket in support of release of the former candidate to president, chairman of the Belarusian Social Democratic Party Hramada Aliaksandr Kazulin from jail.

Activist of ‘For Freedom’ Movement Zarembiuk Haunted by KGB

12.03.2008 Activist of ‘For Freedom’ Movement Zarembiuk Haunted by KGB

On 11 March the resident of Masty, activist of the For Freedom movement Ales Zarembiuk spent 2,5 hours at Hrodna oblast KGB office.

Polatsk: Police Detain Youth with Freedom Day Stickers

12.03.2008 Polatsk: Police Detain Youth with Freedom Day Stickers

In the evening of 11 March in Polatsk the police detained Siarhei Hlinski, activist of the Belarusian Christian Democracy, and Katsiaryna Salauyova, activist of the Young Front. The detainees were guarded to Polatsk town police department and searched. During the search the stickers dedicated to the Freedom Day, 25 March, were found. The detainees were made to write explanatory notes, which can be used for drawing violation reports against them. In an hour Hlinski and Salauyova were released from the police department.

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