A journalist of a public Polish TV channel TVP Agnieszka Romaszewska will have to spend a day in Minsk airport until the next flight to Warsaw. The journalist was not allowed to enter Belarus again. As the Charter’97 press center informs, the Polish journalist arrived to Minsk by plane. In the airport Minsk-2 she was informed that she is not allowed to stay at the territory of Belarus. Agnieszka Romaszewska has a valid visa and a permanent accreditation as a TVP reporter.
On December 12 the Minsk City Executive Committee banned holding a constitutive meeting of the Public Association of Pensioners. The UCP press service was informed about that by one of the organizers of the association, Uladzimer Ramanouski. The reason for the ban was allegedly absence of premises for such a congress.
On December 12 in Warsaw in front of the Belarusian Embassy, like in the center of Poznan last weekend, protests were held. The protests were timed to the day of adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Picketers in front of the Belarusian Embassy were holding placards with slogans: “Lukashenka – president or criminal?” “Last Dictator of Europe has no honour or dignity”, “Amendments to Criminal Code Mean Prison For Criticizing Regime”.
The car of the candidate for presidency of the democratic forces of Belarus Alyaksandr Milinkevich was detained by Brest policemen. Mr Milinkevich was heading for a meeting with the workers of Brest plant “Tsvetotron”.
A journalist of a public Polish TV channel TVP Agnieszka Romaszewska was not allowed to enter Belarus today. As the Charter’97 press center informs, the Polish journalist arrived to Minsk by plane. In the airport Minsk-2 she was informed that she is not allowed to stay at the territory of Belarus. Agnieszka Romaszewska has a valid visa and a permanent accreditation as a TVP reporter.
On December 10 by the Communications House in Baranavichy a protest in support of freedom of expression was held. It was dedicated to another anniversary of adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Belarusian Association of Journalists’ press service informs. About a dozen of town dwellers lined up by the Communications House holding newspapers “Narodnaya Volya”, “Nasha Niva” and “Tavarysh”, which were excluded from subscription catalogue for the year 2006 recently.
A well-known human rights activist, deputy chairman of the “Belarusian Helsinki Committee” Harry Pahanyajla voiced his support to the Day of Solidarity on December 16. “Solidarity is extremely important today. On December 16 at 8 p.m. me, like all my colleagues, will light a candle. These candles are not only a sign of our commemoration and solidarity, and not only reminder about the fate of the abducted. In addition, it is our demand to investigate these cases. Besides, the character of the protest gives a possibility for more and more people to express their protest and their attitude to the authorities,” Harry Pahanyajla said.
Iranian Majlis Speaker Gholamali Haddad-Adel will pay a visit to Belarus on 14-15 December, the Belarusian news agency Belapan reported today quoting the press service of the Belarusian parliament. He is expected to meet the speakers of both houses, Uladzimir Kanaplyow and Henadz Navitski, the agency said.
On December 8 the “council of republic” by 47 votes (with 13 absent deputies) adopted the draft law on amendments to the Criminal Code of Belarus. The stage of “parliamentary” adoption is over. Despite of the fact that the amendments are to enter into force in 10 days after signing the law by Alyaksandr Lukashenka, there is no doubt that since now all dissidents automatically are turning into criminals. The country has taken a step to a century ago,” Syarhei Satsuk writes in the “BDG. Delovaya Gazeta”.
In Brest a driver of the pro-democracy candidate to presidency Alyaksandr Milinkevich was detained. Milinkevich was not in the car at that moment. The opposition’s leader is visiting Brest in the framework of a tour around the country for meeting his future voters.
Some employees of trade enterprises of Hlybokae region have received written orders to subscribe individually for a number of state-owned newspapers. One of these documents, addressed to an ordinary shop-assistant of a village shop, was given to the public association of the Belarusian Association of Journalists.
The Polish Foreign Ministry is waiting for explanations from the Belarusian ambassador in Warsaw in connection with the refusal to allow entry to a state official, the ministry`s press service said Monday.
At 7 p.m. on 11 December the riot police detained the activist of the public movement BPF “Adradzhenne” Siarhiei Levanovich and the member of BPF Party Valery Kisel. The policemen said to Mr. Kisel he was detained on suspicion in production of false documents. The police confiscated from him a fly-sheet with the opposition’s only candidate for the presidential election Aliaksandr Milinkevich, the list with the numbers of houses, 2 brochures “Undisclosed crimes of the newest history”, 4 UN brochures on human right and the map of the city district in which the detention was conducted. Having composed the report and taken explanations they let the detainees go.
At 4 p.m. in Hrodna the police detained Vital Kursa for alleged handing-out fly-sheets. He was taken to a police station, where the police inspector Melnichak confiscated from him six informational bulletins and 350 fly-sheets of the United Civil Party. The police didn’t threaten to him, but put down the places of his work and study. In 1,5 hours they let him go.
Minsk users of mobile phones were unpleasantly surprised by the problems in the work of the MCS network (“Velkom”) from the early morning. From their phones people cannot make outgoing calls. According to some information, these troubles started late at night, and were not liquidated by 10 a.m. In the offices of “Velkom” employees assure that mobile phones are not working only in Tsentralny and Savetski districts of Minsk. To the question when the communication network would start working, they cannot answer concretely, but experts are working. By the way, all these details were told to the Charter’97 during the personal visit to the office of the company. All phone lines of the operators are busy because of lots of indignant clients’ calls.