News for 7 May 2009

07.05.2009 Action in the memory of Yury Zakharanka ends with mass detentions

On 7 May at 6 p.m. several hundred people came to an action of commemoration of the ex-minister of interior Yury Zakharanka who has been missing for ten years already. The people were holding the photos of Zakharanka and the photos of the political prisoners Mikalai Autukhovich, Uladzimir Asipenka and Yury Liavonau.

Homel: police warn ‘For Freedom’ coordinator Uladzimir Katsora

07.05.2009 Homel: police warn ‘For Freedom’ coordinator Uladzimir Katsora

On 6 May the police reminded Uladzimir Katsora about administrative responsibility for violation of the law On mass actions that could take place during commemoration of Yury Zakharanka on the tenth anniversary of disappearance.

Vitsebsk: police detain oppositionist Barys Khamaida for ‘Pahonia’ coat of arms

07.05.2009 Vitsebsk: police detain oppositionist Barys Khamaida for ‘Pahonia’ coat of arms

According to the information of the journalist Uladzimir Padhol, Barys Khamaida has been coming to the ‘blue house’ in Vitsebsk holding the painting Pahonia, presented to him by a same-name group of Belarusian artists, for about two weeks.

7 May: ten years since the kidnapping of Yury Zakharanka

07.05.2009 7 May: ten years since the kidnapping of Yury Zakharanka

General Yury Zakharanka disappeared on 7 May 1999. Witnesses of the kidnapping, found not by investigative agencies but by a public commission on search for the missing general, say Zakharanka was forcefully taken away by some men.

07.05.2009 6th day of action of solidarity: Mikalai Autukhovich hungers for 20 days already

On 6 May the action of solidarity with political prisoner Mikalai Autukhovich, who has gone on indefinite hunger strike, was held in Kastrychnitskaya Square of Minsk in presence of riot policemen and law enforcement officers in mufti.

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