Latvian Human Rights Activists Alarmed By Recent Events in Belarus 16:41, 22/02/2006
Today, February 22, Latvian association “Open Belarus” has distributed information about arrests of independent observers in upcoming presidential elections in Belarus: the leaders of the civil initiative “Partnerstva” Mikalay Astrejka, Enira Branitskaya and Alyaksandr Shalajka, and an opposition activist Tsimafej Dranchuk.
“Activists were arrested by armed officers of special KGB detachments, wearing black masks. Searches and confiscations of informational materials, newspapers, computers, personal belongings have been carried out in the apartments of oppositionists,” the statement reads. As the “Open Belarus” underlines, information about the arrests, searches and interrogations of oppositionists are received from Belarusian regions as well: from Polatsk, Vitsebsk, Mahilyou and Hrodna.
“We would like to direct attention to the unofficial information that a list of people who are to be “neutralized” in the pre-election period, has been made by the KGB,” the association warns. The “Open Belarus” calls upon the civil society of Latvia, mass media and especially politicians to follow the events in Belarus, “condemning flagrant violations of human rights and aggression used against opposition”.