“In the situation when almost all independent newspapers are liquidated, people do not have an opportunity to express their views. People have to manifest their views to others with the help of graffiti. One should note that slogans on the walls mostly appear in undemocratic countries, where the freedom of expression is absent,” told the leader of the Young Front Zmitser Dashkevich to the Radio Svaboda, commenting on the detention of the Young Front activists Artur Finkevich and Alyaksei Yanusheuski for the graffiti “We Want a New One!” and “Fed Up With Him!”
A former Minister and Ambassador Mikhail Marynich is placed to a republican prison hospital, which is situated at the territory of Minsk colony. Marynich is examined and having a course of treatment, his family members are informed. The family does not have information when he would sign out from the hospital, the Radio Svaboda informs.
Policemen of Pershamajski district of Minsk have brought up a criminal action for graffiti “We want a new one!” and “Fed Up With Him!” related to violation of the Article 339 Part 2 of the Criminal Code (malicious hooliganism). As we have informed, yesterday Young Front activists Artur Finkevich and Alyaksei Yanushkevich were detained in Minsk as they are suspected of making graffiti. They are kept in a pre-trial detention center.
"We are not going to twist necks, but we will maintain stability and order and control processes so that the population of the republic will continue to live and work in peace," Interior Minister Vladimir Naumov told reporters on Wednesday.
Another poster with signature "Fed up with him" was hanged yesterday in Minsk. Young people hanged it on the bridge over Mahiliouskaya street near Chervenski market. Besides, thousands of stickers and graffiti with words "Fed up with him" are distributed by activists of democratic organizations daily.
Belarus` opposition presidential candidate Aleksandr Milinkevich said his top-level meetings in Brussels helped mobilize European Union`s support for democratic processes in his country. "The meetings inspired European politicians. They saw that Belarus is not a center of pessimism, but a country with clear democratic prospects and a real alternative to the current government," he told BelaPAN after a three-day stay in the EU capital. He stressed that the EU supports "the democratic process" in Belarus, not a specific candidate.
Today a 4-year student Venedict Klyauze has told to journalists that the leadership of the Belarusian Republican Youth Union (BRYU) of the Belarusian State Agriculture and Technical University has raised a point of removing him from the position of the secretary of the faculty BRYU branch and expelling from the organization. Student was charged with participation in the election campaign on the side of democratic forces. Venedict Klyauze was a member of the initiative group of the democratic forces leader Alyaksandr Milinkevich and collected signatures for his nomination, the Radio Svaboda informs.
The Communist Party has received a second warning about violation of the law from Justice Ministry. The reason for the warning was the list of the leader of the Party of Communists of Belarus, the head of Alyaksandr Milinkevich’s HQ Syarhei Kalyakin to all chairmen of executive committees, the Radio Svaboda informs.
Five years ago a human rights activist from Brest Uladzimir Vyalichkin addressed the UN Human Rights Committee with a complaint for being arrested in 2000. He spent a night in a police department and was fined 20 basic units for handing out in the street texts of the Universal Human Rights Declaration. In November 2005 Uladzimir Vyalichkin received an answer for his address. The Human Rights Committee reached a conclusion that these facts demonstrate violation of the Article 19-2 of the International Pact on Civil and Political Rights, and Belarus must compensate losses for Uladzimir Vyalichkin.
At the entrance of the secondary school #8 in Hrodna there is the poster Time of Courageous with Lukashenka and a young hockey player on it. Besides, in the “elector’s corner” organized at school there is information about the election and the activity of Aliaksandr Lukashenka.
Administrations of student hostels are trying to forbid students participation in Days of Solidarity held on the 16th day of every month. Recently all monitors of the hostel number 8 of Belarusian National Technical University were informed that students are prohibited to light candles on the Day of Solidarity on February 16. The administration of the hostel threatened that in case candles would be notices in the windows, students who would burn they would be thrown out immediately.
"Belarus needs ongoing support from the OSCE, the Council of Europe and the EU", was the message to the Foreign Affairs Committee on Tuesday from Alexander Milinkevich, the candidate of the united opposition for the Belarus presidential elections in March. MEPs welcomed the fact that the democratic opposition forces of Belarus have been able to agree on a single candidate and expressed full backing for the opposition and its goals.
European Union foreign ministers say they are ready to impose sanctions on Belarus if the March presidential election is seen as being rigged. In a statement issued in Brussels Monday, the 25 ministers said they are prepared to act if Belarus fails to uphold international standards in the electoral process, Radio Free Europe said Monday.
On February 1 in the apartment of parents of the Young Front Activist Artur Finkevich a house-check was carried out. Activists of the Young Front Artur Finkevich and Alyaksei Yanushkevich were arrested yesterday for making graffiti “We want a new one!” At the moment they are placed to a pre-trial detention center in Minsk.
About 300 criminal cases were brought against police officers in 2005, with the overwhelming majority of them being bribery cases, Interior Minister Vladimir Naumov told reporters in Minsk on Wednesday.