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Baranavichy College Administration Presses Students Who Recently Joined Zubr

2004 2004-03-05T10:00:00+0200 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

Students of Baranavichy College of Light Industry, all of them members of the pro-governmental youth organization BRSM, recently joined Zubr, the opposition youth movement. Despite the pressure of the college administration they continue their protest actions.
At night Zubr graffiti and leaflets appeared in Baranavichy. In the morning Zubr members handed out Zubr newspaper Supratsiw. According to Zubr members, more and more people get involved in the protest activities. Despite the pressure of the authorities, the youth resistance movement is growing in Baranavichy.
According to Minsk coordinator of Zubr Yawhen Afnahel, actions in support of Baranavichy Zubr members will be organized in many cities of Belarus. Today Zubr members spread hundreds of leaflets covering Baranavichy events in Barysaw.
Meanwhile, the authorities don’t sit on their hands, either. The college administration launched an anti-Zubr propaganda campaign. One of the students told RFE/RL: "In college they say Zubr is a neo-nazi organization, that Zubr members damage tombstones and dig up graves and use them as toilets. They say, Zubr members torture their parents, hammering hot needles under their nails, throwing cold water on them when its freezing, and kick them down ice-slopes".
On 5 March 15 college students were taken to Minsk to speak on Belarusian National TV channel. They received instructions to publicly condemn the BRSM members who joined Zubr and present the recent events as a provocation.

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