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Vitsebsk: Barys Khamaida Detained and Fined for Distribution of Independent Press

2006 2006-12-12T10:00:00+0200 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

During the recent visit of the Belarusian prime-minister Siarhei Sidorski to Vitsebsk the local police conducted a ‘clearing’ of the city. Within the frames of this clearing on 8 December the police detained Barys Khamaida, who came out to the center of the city with fresh independent newspapers.

In his interview to RFE/RL Mr Khamaida said: ‘Two police captains from Chyhunachny borough police department came to me and told to pack in! I had many newspapers: 200 fresh copies of Vitebskiy kurierё Narodnaia volia, Nasha niva, Arche, Svaboda, Uladzimir Padhol’s books and even some articles by Zianon Pazniak. I had a full bag, to put it short. The policemen even helped me to carry. At the police station they drew a report for trade in improper place. Then they drove me to a court, where I was fined 15 500 rubles. There I also told them that I will come out with newspapers again, because people need freedom.’

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