News for 30 Apr 2012

Minsk police raid movie screening by Free Theatre

30.04.2012 Minsk police raid movie screening by Free Theatre

Some 20 people were reportedly detained in Minsk this evening by riot police during a screening of the “Europe’s Last Dictator” documentary at a flat rented by the Free Theatre.

30.04.2012 Lithuanian MP not allowed in Belarus

A member of the Lithuanian Parliament, Kazimieras Uoka, was ordered to get off the train and return to Vilnius.

30.04.2012 Another Young Front activist convicted

On 28 April, Minsk Savetski District Court sentenced Young Front activist Zmitser Kremianetski to seven days of administrative arrest for alleged violation of public order outside the court building where other Young Front members were tried on 27 April, the Young Front’s press-service reports, quoting human rights defender Nasta Loika.

 Orsha authorities ban pickets again

30.04.2012 Orsha authorities ban pickets again

Another ban on holding two pickets on May Day was received by Orsha activists of the United Leftist Party “Fair World”.

Russian President’s Human Rights Council urges Medvedev to aid Ales Bialiatski’s release

30.04.2012 Russian President’s Human Rights Council urges Medvedev to aid Ales Bialiatski’s release

“We ask you to use all of your power to foster the release of our colleague Ales Bialiatski held in detention in Belarus,” says an appeal passed to Russia’s President Dmitry Medvedev in his meeting with the Presidential Council for the Development of Civil Society and Human Rights on 28 April.

30.04.2012 Activist robbed during Chernobyl Way rally

Activist from Varnyany Mikalai Ulasevich continues to seek justice from the local authorities.

Biarozauka police seize independent newspapers

30.04.2012 Biarozauka police seize independent newspapers

On 27 April, the police of the town of Biarozauka, Lida district, Hrodna region, detained local activists of the Belarusian Popular Front Party and For Freedom movement Siarhei Trafimchyk and Vitold Ashurak, and seized 800 copies of the Novy Chas independent newspaper.

Orsha activists launch information campaign on Stalinist repressions

30.04.2012 Orsha activists launch information campaign on Stalinist repressions

Orsha youth group called Zviaz is looking for the families of people who were killed as a result of mass repressions in the 1930s-1950s, as part of a campaign aimed at producing a newsletter on the Great Purge of the Stalin Era.

30.04.2012 Asipovichy activist goes on hunger strike in Minsk prison

Ihar Simbirou, Asipovichy activist of the Teel the Truth civil campaign, has reportedly declared a hunger strike while serving ten days of arrest in Minsk detention center in Akrestsin Street, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports, quoting his former cellmate.

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