The supervisor of the civil initiative “The Belarusian Solidarity”, a member of the Coordinative Council of the European Coalition “Free Belarus” Anatol Fiodaraw announced his plan to participate in the action “We remember…” devoted to the 55-th anniversary of the Universal Human Rights Day. The action will take place tomorrow in Minsk. “I will definitely participate in this action to be together with my friends. Solidarity is the thing necessary for the opposition. Especially in our totalitarian conditions. Solidarity is a prerequisite of a strong opposition. Today we lack solidarity, support, and respect. It is not that the regime is strong, but we are weak in our spirit. We lack solidarity. It is a Belarusian distinctive feature for today, that’s the reason why the regime is active for so long. Were the Belarusians united, we would live in a different country now,” said Anatol Fiodaraw to the Charter`s press center.
On 7 December 2003 the businessman Viktar Novikaw was detained by guards of the “Dinamo” stadium while handing out fly-sheets with the invitation to participate in the action, devoted to the international human rights day on 10 December. He was taken to Minsk city police department No. 1. The police drew a report for violation of the second part of Article No. 167.1 of the Code of Administrative Violations. The businessman had to spend the night in the detention center. On 8 December the administrative case was considered at Minsk Leninski Borough Court. Judge Zhdanok decided to fine Viktar Novikaw 20 minimal wages (about $156).
On December 1, United States Ambassador to the Republic of Belarus George A. Krol made his first courtesy call on Lidiya Yermoshina, Chairwoman of the Belarusian Central Election Commission. Ambassador Krol used the meeting as an opportunity to introduce himself to CEC officials and underline the importance of having a free, fair and transparent electoral process in Belarus, a key concern for the U.S. Government. During the meeting, the Ambassador and Chairwoman Yermoshina discussed the CEC’s organizational structure, electoral reform, international election standards and the CEC’s preparations for Belarus’ Parliamentary elections in 2004.
The coordinator of the European Coalition “Free Belarus”, the international coordinator of the civil initiative Charter`97 Andrei Sannikov in his interview to BelaPAN called the results of the elections in Russia natural. “It is only from the first sight they may seem unexpected. All Russian mass media, especially electronic, supported violent measures against everything: towards oligarchs and democratic freedoms, especially towards the freedom of speech.”
On Monday the “ZUBR” activists were spreading leaflets “We remember” devoted to the 55th anniversary of the Universal Human Rights Declaration and to the action that will be held on December 10 in Minsk. The activists spread the leaflets in such higher institutions, as the Belarusian State University, the Belarusian State Polytechnic University and the Belarusian National Technological University, as well as on Minsk streets, Maskouskaya Street, Pushkin Avenue, at «Ushod» subway station, reports the press service of the movement.
Alyaksandar Lukashenka denies that in 1995 in his interview to the German newspaper “Handelsblatt” he evaluated Hitler’s internal politics positively. “If I had said something of a kind in Belarus, I would have been forced to resign the next day. There would be no place for me in Belarus,” said he in his interview to the magazine “Der Spiegel”. At the same time he said, that every process has positive and negative sides even in a terrible situation. According to Lukashenka, the Germans themselves are searching for some positive things in that period of their history. You can judge yourself if the words he pronounced a couple of years ago can be considered a praise to Hitler. Here is the complete quotation:
The attestation commission of Brest State Pedagogic University named after Pushkin drew a conclusion of Anatol Liaukovich’s, PhD, professional impropriety. Anatol Liukovich heads Brest regional branch of the Belarusian Social and Democratic Party “Narodnaya Hramada” and participated in local elections.
The Executive Bureau of the Belarusian Social and Democratic Party “Narodnaya Hramada” at its regular meeting on December 6 approved the creation of the European Coalition. Besides, they appealed to the parties’ coalition “Five plus” with a call to start negotiations on the creation of a single association of the democratic forces.