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Young People Picket Ministry of Internal Affairs and KGB

2007 2007-12-26T17:00:00+0200 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

Activists of the civil campaign “Jeans for Freedom” were picketing Penal Jurisdiction department. Young people were standing with portraits of the political prisoner Artur Finkevich. Picketers were chanting: “Free Artur Finkevich!” In a few minutes policemen ran up to them. They tore portraits and seized 5 young activists. Picketers heard policemen calling in a paddy wagon and a patrol car.

Mikita Shutsyankou, Anastasiya Lipnitskaya, Palina Dzyakava, Filip Bikonau and Palina Kuryanovich. At the moment they are placed to the police department of Leninski district.

Activists of the Young Front organization have carried out the solidarity action. Participants of the rally unfurled a white-red-white flag and a streamer “Freedom to Finkevich!” in front of the KGB building in Minsk.

They were chanting: “Long live Belarus!” and “Free political prisoners!” Riot policemen haven’t managed to seize participants of the solidarity rally.

“These rallies are to take place every day in different parts of Belarus. They will have a creative nature. Policemen would not be able to detain participants,” Svaboda was told by a Young Front activist. He added: “Rallies of solidarity will be held until Artur Finkevich will be released”.

Artur Finkevich was sentenced to a year and a half of imprisonement for alleged petty violations of the conditions of detention in the hostel of the special settlement. The young activist served a two-year term there for spray-painting “We want a new one!” and “Fed up with him!”

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