Today in 98 out of 118 regions of Belarus the head offices of the campaign of the leader of the democratic forces of Belarus A. Milinkevich, have been created and started working. As said by the head of the headquarters of the democratic candidate for Presidency, Alyaksandr Milinkevich, Syarhei Kalyakin, formation of the regional headquarters in the left regions is to be finished in the earliest possible timeframe.
Belarus states its adherence to its principled position on Taiwan question, and would firmly support the “one-China policy”, to oppose Taiwan independence in any form. This position has been officially stated by a joint declaration of Belarus and China signed in Beijing today by Chinese President Hu Jintao and Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka.
On December 5 bus drivers from Homel gathered at Lenin Square to show their protest against low wages and high targets for passengers’ transportation. The day before one of the drivers, Alyaksandr Yausejchuk, was summoned to the director of the transport enterprise. In his office a deputy head of the Internal Affairs Department of Soviet region and an unknown man in mufti wanted to talk to him. They started to threaten him with arrest and other punishments in case A. Yausejchuk would take part in the protest.
A Russian political scientist, the president of the Foundation for Effective Politics Gleb Pavlovsky predicts heavy pressure on the Belarusian regime form outside, and attempts of its overthrow in connection with the presidential elections in 2006. “There is a risk of creation of the crisis around Belarus. Even now it is in the focus of attention of the NATO and some European countries. And it raises concern,” the political scientist said at a press conference in Moscow, RIA Novosti informs.
Mikalay Autukhovich can die in any moment. The lawyers of the businessman, who continues hunger strike in Hrodna remand prison, were informed about that by prison’s medical unit head. The hunger strike lasts for more than 50 days. Prison doctors say about low blood pressure and bad blood tests of the prisoner.
The enterprises of the “Sajuzdruk” have refused to extend contract for distribution in the year 2006 with the weekly “Nasha Niva”. As the BelaPAN was informed by the editor-in-chief of the weekly Andrei Dynko, the editorial office had received notifications that the “Belsajuzdruk” and “Minskablsajuzdruk” would stop distribution of the newspaper since January 1, 2006.
In the list of persons to whom entrance to Belarus is prohibited, about 40,000 names of foreigners were entered, the Interfax was told on Tuesday in the Internal Affairs Ministry of Belarus. As said by the representatives of the ministry, “about 10,000 foreign citizens were included to the list of non-grata persons”. The Internal Affairs Ministry explained that the persons who had committed crimes or violations on the territory of Belarus and were deported from the country, were included to this category. “Besides, admission to the territory of the country is prohibited to those who are involved or suspected of involvement to extremist or terrorist forces,” the ministry representative added.
Since next week the “BDG Delovaya Gazeta” returns to the format of a weekly. It is caused by financial problems. It is planned that the newspaper would be published on 24 pages for two months, and later on 32 pages. The editor-in-chief of the “BDG” Pyotr Martsau does not exclude that for some time the newspaper would not be issued at all.
Alyaksandr Lukashenka is confident that there is no future for the organization which foundation was proclaimed in Kyiv, the Community of Democratic Choice. This opinion was expressed in Beijing, answering the questions of journalists, the Belarusian state agency BelTA informs. “You have chosen so-called democracy, so go this way. Why do you oppose East and go to the West? Firstly, nobody needs them in the West. The EU needs to “chew up”, to “digest” the Eastern-European states that have joined recently. Secondly, with what do they go to the West? What shall they bring? Crime, robbery, banditism? They will show how to seize power in an unconstitutional way? Europe doesn’t want that. Maybe some European leaders welcome such things, but only in others’ states, and not in theirs,” Lukashenka stated.
The United States of America and the European Union deplore the recent willful damage to the Kurapaty memorial complex. Unknown vandals carved a swastika onto a
religious icon, knocked over or damaged at least a dozen crosses, and once again defaced the bench President Clinton dedicated in 1994. These crosses and the bench
were placed in commemoration of the tens of thousands of innocent Belarusian victims of NKVD terror who were murdered at Kurapaty. Vandalizing these memorials
dishonors the memory of those victims, and disrespects the Belarusian people as a whole.
On 2 December the activists of Zubr Paviel Madshara arrived to Homiel for Minsk and were detained right at the railway station on alleged suspicion in theft of a mobile phone in Zhlobin. During the detention the police confiscated everything that could have relation to the day of solidarity with political prisoners. The detention was directed by Khadosau, head of the 3rd department of Homiel Chyhunachny Borough Board of Internal Affairs.
The state-run post office in Belarus has halted delivery of the communist newspaper, party officials said today, the latest sign in what the West says is an attempt to crush the opposition ahead of the election next year.
China and Belarus signed an agreement on journalism and publication cooperation in Beijing on Monday. Cai Wu, head of China`s State Council Information Office (SCIO), and Vladimir Rusakevich, information minister of Belarus, signed the agreement.
Liu Qi, president of Beijing Organizing Committee for the 2008 Olympic Games, met with visiting Belarusian President Alexander Grigorievich Lukashenko here Tuesday. Liu briefed Lukashenko on Beijing`s preparation for the furthcoming Olympic Games, saying that his organizing committee will enhance cooperation with Belarusia for successful Olympics inBeijing.
The amendments to the Criminal Code and the Code of Criminal Procedure, passed by the “chamber of representatives” on November 2, are to be considered by the upper chamber of the illegitimate Belarusian parliament, the “council of republic”, on December 8. As the Radio Svaboda was informed by the experts’ legal department of the “council of republic”, the bill had been submitted for urgent consideration of the upper chamber of the parliament from Alyaksandr Lukashenka.