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Mahiliou: hostel dwellers are forced to sign in support of pro-governmental candidate twice

2012 2012-08-10T18:04:20+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

At first the canvassing with the use of the administrative resource was conducted by the warden and the upbringer of the hostel in Kasmanautau Street, 45. Using threats, they forced the people to come to the office of the warden with their passports and sign in support of the nomination of the prosecutor of the Mahilio region Eduard Siankevich as a candidate for the Parliament.

“They collected signatures in such a way for two days. When I came to the superintendant’s office to sign in support of the prosecutor I asked whether the warden and the upbringer were members of Siankevich’s electoral team. They answered nothing – they had no badges or ID’s of members of the electoral team with them,” says a dweller of the hostel, an activist of the Belarusian Social Democratic Party (Hramada) Mikalai Zalozny.

Several days after this incident he was made to sign in support of Siankevich once again. “I told them they I had already signed in his support. However, I was answered that the signatures weren’t collected by members of the electoral team and therefore they were invalid, that’s why it was necessary that I put my signature again. This time the women had certificates of members of the electoral team,” ads Mr. Zalozny.

The pressurization on the activist has increased recently after his boss, the head of hostels Pavel Shyshou found that Zalozny was a member of the electoral team of opposition candidate Leanid Padbiaretski and required written explanations about it.

After this Mikalai Zalozny was twice deprived of the wage bonus. On 8 August he was transferred to another place of work and was transferred to part-time work. Moreover, everyday his brass composes reports that he doesn’t implement his duties in order to make him quit on his own.

The activist says he is going to apply to court to protect his rights. He also states that he has evidence of office abuse, corruption and misappropriation of property by Shyshou and is going to apply to the procuracy in connection with these facts.

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