Detentions in Smaliavichy

2012 2012-04-13T17:23:30+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

Activists of "Tell the Truth" campaign and chair of Rechanka gardeners' partnership were detained in Smaliavichy.

The deputy head of "Tell the Truth" Andrei Dzmitryieu, campaign activists Mikhail Pashkevich, Yury Hanchar and head of the local gardeners' partnership Vasil Kazlouski were detained in Smalyavichy on the evening of 12 April.

Having been detained at a country community meeting, the people were taken to a local police department. They were released some hours later. Activists report on Facebook some of them were charged with “organizing an unauthorized mass event”.

“They have police reports against them. An investigation in the administrative case 'gathering of more that three people' is in progress,” Andrei Dzmitryieu wrote on Facebook.

We remind dwellers of a number of villages of the Smalyavichy district and owners of summer cottages  protest against construction of a Belarusian-Chinese technology park.

Some participants of the yesterday country community meeting, which attracted about 50 people, raised a question of the technology park construction. But the chair of the Smaliavichy district executive committee answered the meetings was to deal only technical issues relating to the work of the gardeners' partnership and the problem of the tech park could not be discussed.

"Tell the Truth" campaign renders legal and information support to dwellers of the Smaliavichy district, who oppose construction of the industrial park.