Prison guards refuse to accept food parcels for Dzmitryieu and Pashkevich

2012 2012-05-11T17:45:11+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 some people from neighboring villages and summer cottages communities gathered near the police department of the Smaliavichy district.

They brought a parcel and greeting cards to imprisoned Andrei Dzmitryieu and Mikhail Pashkevich. Dzmitryieu marks his birthday tomorrow, RFE/RL reports.

Journalists from Finland interviewed the people. The whole group is moving to the detention facility, where Dzmitryieu and Pashkevich are kept. People tried to pass a parcel to them, but policemen refused to accept it saying parcels are allowed only from close relatives. This condition seems impossible for Dzmitryieu, because his wife cannot leave home with a small child.

Activist of “Tell the Truth!” campaign say the refusal is illegal. They plan to gather tomorrow to pass a parcel. They will try to receive power of attorney from Dzmitryieu's relatives. Leaders of the campaign are expected to arrive tomorrow in hope a parcel for Dzmitryieu will be accepted on his birthday.

Alena Misnik, Judge of the Smaliavichy District Court, sentenced one of the leaders of “Tell the Truth!” campaign, Andrei Dzmitryieu, to 10 days in custody on 7 May. Campaign activist Mikhail Pashkevich was also arrested for 10 days. They were found guilty of violating article 23.34 of the Code of Administrative Offences (taking part in an unauthorized mass event).

Dzmitryieu and Pashkevich were helping local dwellers, who protest against construction of a Chinese-Belarusian technological park in the south east of the Smaliavichy district, to the west of Minsk-2 National Airport.

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