Opposition leaders detained after protest in Maladziečna

2017 2017-03-11T11:45:05+0300 2017-03-11T11:46:29+0300 en https://spring96.org/files/images/sources/maladechna_ruus.gif The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
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Reporters and observers waiting in the lobby of the Maladziečna city police department after the detention of opposition leaders. March 10, 2017

Reporters and observers waiting in the lobby of the Maladziečna city police department after the detention of opposition leaders. March 10, 2017

Several opposition figures, including United Civil Party leader Anatol Liabedzka, Yuras Hubarevich, leader of the For Freedom movement, and Belarusian Christian Democracy co-chair Vital Rymasheuski, were detained yesterday evening after a protest staged in the city of Maladziečna.

Police officers in plain clothes also detained several other protesters.

All of them were brought to the police department and charged with “illegal picketing” (Art. 23.34 of the Administrative Code). The detainees were told that they would have to remain in custody before the trial.

Reporters and observers were not allowed to follow the detainees, after the doors of the police department building were locked.

Protest against unemployment tax staged in Maladziečna on March 10, 2017

The protest concerned the controversial Decree No. 3, which introduced a special charge for unemployed people.

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