Vitsebsk: Aliaksandr Kirylau detained and beaten

2011 2011-11-11T16:37:27+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

Aliaksandr Kirylau, Chairman of the Vitsebsk branch of the Belarusian Conservative Party “Belaya Rus”, which is being created by the ex-presidential candidate Siarhei Ryzhou, was detained in the local employment center, where he was registered as an unemployed. He still cannot find a job, though he has a number of qualifications: economist, accountant, insurance agent and hairdresser. Being an orphan, Aliaksandr Kirylau has no means for life.

The detainee was taken to the Kastrychnitski District Police Department of Vitsebsk. Siarhei Ryzhou thinks that the detention is connected with Kirylau's political activities.

“We decided to address the people of Belarus with the proposal to boycott the parliamentary election in 2012 and start a political strike on 19 December 2011. This decision was reached unanimously. We planned to publish it today, that's why I am not surprised at today's detention of the head of the Vitsebsk branch of our party,” commented Ryzhou.

According to him, Kirylau was accused of insult of state officials and insubordination to the police. Siarhei Ryzhou also says he can be detained too.

On 11 November Aliaksandr Kirylau stated that he was beaten by the riot police after the detention. He also applied to the forensic expertise to register the beating.

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