Riot police disperse action in support of political prisoner Andrei Kim

2008 2008-04-01T17:07:54+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

Riot policemen force away people from the court of Tsentralny district of Minsk, where the trial over Andrei Kim is taking place.

Activists of youth organizations and common citizens have gathered today near the court to express their support to the activist. They were standing in front of the court holding portraits of political prisoners and chanted ‘Freedom to Kim!’

People were encircled by about 10 riot policemen, who started to push out people away from the building of the court in direction of Dinamo stadium. Riot policemen were very rough and shoved people.

The trial in the case of the young activist Andrei Kim has started on 1 April, at 2 p.m. in the court of Tsentralny district of Minsk.

The political prisoner Andrei Kim was detained during the rally of entrepreneurs on March 21 in Minsk and arrested for 10 days. After serving the arrest he was placed to a pre-trial detention center in Valadarski street in Minsk.

Charges relating Article 364 of the Criminal Code of Belarus (violence or a threat to use violence against a policeman with an aim to prevent him from performing his lawful activities) are filed against him.

Andrei Kim has spent more than 2 months in the pre-trial detention center.