Vitsebsk: Kavalenka's family held a picket

2012 2012-05-04T17:20:06+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

On 3 May Alena Kavalenka, wife of political prisoner Siarhei Kavalenka, and their children Valiantsin and Vika held a picket near "Marco-city" in Lenin Street in Vitsebsk. They stood there for about 20 minutes, holding the poster "Children need the father!".

On the poster there were two photos of the family: one of them – with Siarhei, the other – without him, with the inscription: "7-year-old son needs father to be brought up! 7-month-old daughter needs father's love!".

Siarhei Kavalenka was keeping a long-term hunger-strike of protest against the prison term (2 years and 1 months), to which he was sentenced for alleged violations of the regime of the personal restraint, to which he had been sentenced for hanging out a white-red-white flag on the main New Year Tree of Vitsebsk on 7 January 2010.

According to Alena Kavalenka, Siarhei can start a new hunger-strike if the Vitsebsk Regional Court turns down his appeal against the prison sentence.

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