Minsk: journalist imprisoned for elucidation of picket near KGB goes on hunger-strike

2012 2012-01-09T17:41:40+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en https://spring96.org/files/images/sources/sudy.jpg The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

On 8 January guards of the Minsk KGB office detained an activist of the “European Belarus”, Mikita Kavalenka, and journalist Aliaksandr Barazenka. The action lasted for about a minute: Kavalenka unfurled white-red-white flags and portraits of political prisoners, while Barazenka shot it on video.

On 9 January the detainees were taken to the Tsentralny District Court of Minsk. Both of them were found guilty under Article 23.34 of the Code of Administrative Offenses (violation of the rules of holding mass events).

Judge Ivan Maiseichyk sentenced Aliaksandr Barazenka to 11 days of arrest, and Judge Ivan Khadanovich sentenced Mikita Kavalenka to 15 days of arrest. The journalist went on a hunger-strike of protest.