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Fine for “Freedom to Internet!”

2010 2010-06-25T12:51:14+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

Participants of the meeting for free Internet spent the night in prison and then stood trial.

Nine national Bolsheviks were detained during brutal disrupting the meeting against decree #60. They were taken to a militia department. Later, four national Bolsheviks were released, the rest had to spent the night in a detention facility.

On June 24, the Tsentralny district court of Minsk heard the case of the meeting participants. Leader of the Belarusian national Bolsheviks Yauhen Kontush got a fine of 25 basic units (875,000 Belarusian rubles), fours activists were fined 5 basic units (175,000 rubles) each.

We remind that on June 23 the riot militia dispersed a peaceful meeting on Minsk against decree #60 On Measures Improve the Use of the National Segment of Interment coming into force on July 1. The decree is worked out to tighten control of the Belarusian authorities over the Internet in the country.

At 7 pm, nine people gathered in Freedom Square holding shits of paper with the text “Freedom to Internet” in hands. The participants wore T-shirts depicting the text “Decree 60” crossed in a red circle and an inscription “Freedom to Internet”. The young people stayed on the square for three minutes, then officers of special purpose militia regiment came and detained them. The activists were taken to the Tsentralny district militia department on a militia car.

Activists of the national Bolshevik movement applied for holding a meeting for Internet freedom in Freedom Square, but the Minks city executive committee didn’t authorized the event.

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