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Vitsebsk dweller gets beaten and fined for watching Charter'97 website

2012 2012-05-08T17:14:53+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

An unprecedented incident happened in an Internet club at the central railway station in Minsk.

The head of the Internet project “Electronic Vitebsk” visited an Internet club at the Minsk central railway station at 8 .m. Shortly afterwards, he was thrown out of the club for reading news on the pro-opposition website

“The woman who accepted payments for using the Internet and wrote down my passport data, came to me and said, 'Close this site, please!' I asked why I should do so. She did not reply and left, but returned in five minutes with a policeman, who grabbed me by the collar and threw me out of the Internet club. He said I was swearing and insulting a police officer. He guarded me to a room on the ground floor and began to beat me. I was told I would have big problems if I were seen in the Internet club at the railway station again. In such a country we live, where people are not allowed to read news,” the journalist told

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