On October 11 in Brest the trial over the chairman of the United Civil Party (UCP) Anatol Lyabedzka and the chairman of the Belarusian Social Democratic Hramada Stanislau Shushkevich. The politicians are to be put on trial for organizing a meeting on nomination of delegates to the Congress of Democratic Forces on July 9 in the settlement of Damachova, Brest region.
The court of Tsentralny district of Minsk sentenced the coordinator of Zubr movement Mikita Sasim to three days of imprisonment. The Zubr coordinator was arrested in Minsk on October 7 for handing out leaflets with the call to participate in the Day of Solidarity with victims of the regime on October 16. Since that time he was kept in a remand prison of Interior Affairs Department of Minsk city executive committee. Today in the Tsentralny Court of Minsk cooked-up charges were nailed on Mikita Sasim. The oppositionist allegedly used indecent language in a public place. Judge Alyaksei Bychko found Mikita Sasim guilty of violation of the Article 156 of Administrative Code (petty hooliganism).
“Today we need solidarity. The events of recent days oblige us to unite. It has become evident by the example of the arrest of Zubr coordinator, Mikita Sasim, and by the example of today’s trial of Anatol Lyabedzka. The number of political prisoners is to grow, and the regime is to step up repressions. The Belarusian society needs coming together, and I call upon everybody to take part in the Day of Solidarity on October 16,” said the son of the political prisoner Mikhail Marynich, a coordinator of the civil initiative “Freedom to political prisoners”, a member of the Council of Civil Initiatives ”Free Belarus” Pavel Marynich.
Yesterday a traditional conference “Forum-2000” started in Prague. Among its participants is a former head of non-governmental organization “Freedom House”, former CIA director James Woolsey. Mr. Woolsey answered several questions of Radio Svaboda correspondent Alyaksaei Znatkevich.
On October 11 in Brest a trial of the chairman of the United Civil Party Anatol Lyabedzka starts. The process have been served on right after the Congress of Democratic Forces. Anatol Lyabedzka is accused of organizing a meeting for nomination of delegates for the Congress in the settlement of Damachova, Brest region. The upcoming proceedings obviously contradict the statement of Alyaksandr Lukashenka, according to which the authorities have not been hindering preparation of the forum in any way.
Police continues to hold back the information about the arrest of the Zubr movement coordinator Mikita Sasim (Nikita Sasim). Sasim was detained on Friday, October 7. The reason and circumstances of his arrest are still unknown. Mikita Sasim has spent two days in the special remand prison of Internal Affairs department of Minsk city executive committee in Akrestsyn Street. Workers of the remand prison refused to pass him warm clothes and food.
“I am going to the presidential elections without ruffle or excitement,” told Alyaksandr Lukashenka to journalists in Slutsk on October 8, where the republican festival fair of collective farmers “Dazhynki-2005” is held.
Voka youth initiative has a number of social and cultural projects, but is mostly known for its struggle to Belarusify TV and radio broadcasts and telephone communication companies. This year the state TV, radio stations and offices of telephone operators received thousands of letters with demands to use Belarusian language.
Hantsavichy district center of electronic communications refused to accept an ad concerning subscription campaign from the independent newspaper Hantsavitski Chas. According to Mr. Rylka, chair of the center, “it is impossible to execute the request because of a large number of congratulation applications and the necessity to place the center’s own information during the specified time”.
Former president Vaclav Havel on Sunday opened the 9th Forum 2000 international conference which will discuss questions of co-existence of different cultures in the global world. "The goal of this year`s conference, like all previous ones, is to invite people of various professions, nations and religions so that they jointly discuss the future of our civilisation, the state of the current world, the threats it faces and how to challenge them," Havel said at the opening ceremony.
One of coordinators of the Zubr movement Mikita Sasim is arrested in Minsk. On Friday late at night Sasim sent a message from his mobile phone, that he had been taken to a police department of Tsentralny district of Minsk. Since that time there is no connection with him. Police officers refuse to give any information about him.
Two weeks have not passed as the authorities reacted to the request of Alyaksandr Lukashenka addressed to independent trade unions expressed at the Congress of trade unions’ federation. On October 4 representatives of the justice department of Hrodna city executive committee, on command of Justice Department of Hrodna regional executive committee, have made an enquiry into the work of workers of “Hrodna Azot” joint stock company, belonging of the Belarusian Independent Trade Union (BITU).