BPF party activist detained, all information materials seized

2008 2008-12-17T22:09:00+0200 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

On December 16 an activist of the Belarusian Popular Front Party Yauhen Soshka who planned to hand out the special edition of the bulletin of the regional party organization was detained in Brest.

The incident took place at 7 p.m. in Maladahvardzejskaya Street. Policemen looked through his documents, found bulletins and detained the activist, BelaPAN was informed by a human rights activist Raman Kislyak.

Y. Soshka was taken to the police department of Maskouski district. He was asked for explanations there. All copies of the bulletin were seized, and at 9.30 p.m. he was released without a report being drawn up.

The bulletin Soshka was going to hand out covered the expulsion of “For Freedom” movement activist Zhana Abramava from her apartment without another accommodation being given to her. In particular, photos of Zhana Abramava, her mother and six-year-old sister were published in the edition (they were evicted from the apartment as well); the history of the conflict; quotations from the court decision of the court of Maskouski district of Brest which on November 25 fulfilled the demand of Brest Housing, Repair and Maintenance Department on eviction of Zhana Abramava from apartment without offering her other accommodation.

Zmitser Shymanski, chairman of Brest regional branch of the Belarusian Popular Front, says their aim is to help the activist, to attract attention of the community, of national and international structures to her problem; to initiate addresses of citizens, public associations, well-known politicians and workers of culture with a demand to discharge the court order.

On December 2 a protest against eviction of the opposition activist took place on the central square of Brest.

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