Detention and trials of Belarusian National-Bolsheviks (updated)

2013 2013-08-08T14:34:09+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

This morning in different parts of Minsk the police detained Belarusian National Bolsheviks who were protesting against the "draft-slavery – Ales Hulevich, Yauhen Kontush, Ales Paliakou and Dzmitry Paliyenka. The detainees were guarded to the Tsentralny District Police Department of Minsk. Some time later Paliakow was released from the police department, being under age.

In the evening of 6 August the National Bolsheviks held an action against the conscription slavery. The put a banner Down with the army of slaves!" on the fence of the Ministry of Defence and and scattered leaflets explaining the negative aspects of the formation of the army on the basis of a obligatory conscription and an advantage presented to the defense and the economy by a professional army.

At 3 p.m. the detained activists were taken to the Tsentralny District Court of Minsk. They were given charges under Article 23.34 of the Code of Adminstrative Violations, “violation of organizing and holding mass events”.

At 4.30 p.m. the violation reports against Ales Hulevich and Yauhen Kontush were returned to the police for revising, as far as it wasn't specified there, which norm of the Law “On Mass Events”, to which Article 23.34 refers, was violated by them.

Dzmitry Paliyenka is at large now. Yauhen Kontush was taken back to the police department so that the police could correct the violation report. He can be brought back to the court today.


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