A consul of Ukrainian consulate in Minsk Vasily Serdega told to the Charter’97 press center that at the moment it is known that the 6 detained activists of Ukrainian public associations are kept in the police department of Frunzenski district of Minsk. It is not yet clear where the other detainees are kept. Policemen told that the detainees are kept in the pre-trial detention centre in Akrestsyn Street. “But we were told by representatives of the detention centre that nobody had been brought to them yet,” Vasily Serdega said. According to the preliminary information, 20 persons were detained in Minsk at the meeting with the single democratic presidential candidate Alyaksandr Milinkevich. Most of them are Ukrainian citizens.
Journalist of the Ukrainian “5th channel” Anna Goroshenko was released and now stays in the Ukrainian Embassy in Minsk together with Leonid Leonidov, the channel operator. At present the activists of Ukrainian public organizations detained in Minsk today are kept in the Frunzenski RUVD. As press-secretary of the Ukrainian Embassy in Minsk Leonid Yasinskiy told Charter’97 press-center, the Ukrainian Counsul had arrived at the police department.
20 people including residents of Ukraine - journalists of the TV-company “5th channel”, representatives of political parties and public associations of Ukraine - were detained after the meeting of Alyaxandr Milinkevich with voters.
Educator-turned-politician Aleksandr Kozulin urged the public to vote either for him or for another presidential candidate, Aleksandr Milinkevich, in the upcoming election while addressing voters in Vitebsk.
Provokers groups from the pro-Lukashenka Belarusian Republican Youth Union (BRYU) are sent to every meeting of united democratic forces candidate Alyaxandr Milinkevich with voters. The youngsters behave in an extremely aggressive and revolting manner, try to break down the meetings, shout out obscene words and carry posters agitating for Lukashenka. The police totally ignore the illegal actions of BRYU members; moreover, they protect the ruffians from indignant voters. Today journalists have noticed Minsk police deputy head, head of the social security police and special police forces Aliaxandar Naidzenka guided the agitators’ ruffian actions. In particular, he was telling the agitators off for they were screaming too silently.
The authorities in Belarus are conducting a campaign of intimidation, fear and violence, charged a senior U.S. official, who predicted that the March 19 presidential election will not only be deeply flawed, but will be "an election which may not deserve the name."
March 9, in Minsk, Anton Akulich, an under age “Zubr” activist from Barysau, was detained while spreading leaflets. People in muftis grabbed the boy in the street and pushed him into a red “Peugeot” and brought to the Zavadski district interior department, where the “Zubr” was interrogated on the movement’s activity.
Today united democratic forces candidate Alyaxandr Milinkevich has held another meeting with voters. A thousand of Minsk dwellers came at 3 p.m. to the House of Culture of Railwaymen to meet with Alyaxandr Milinkevich. The people were keeping posters “Milinkevich - New President”
As press secretary of the candidate Paval Mazheika told the Charter’97 press center, usual provocations had interrupted the meeting. It was difficult for Alyaxandr Milinkevich to communicate with voters because of the laud music playing inside the building. Nevertheless, it didn’t break down the meeting; the people moved away from the building and Alyaxandr Milinkevich was speaking with a microphone.
United democratic forced candidate Alyaxandr Milinkevich meets with Minsk dwellers today. One of the meetings was held in the city district Serabranka, by the cinema house “Salut”. Please, see the photo-report by Igar Krasheuski.
United democratic forced candidate for President’s post Alyaxandr Milinkevich pledges not to repress Lukashenka if his guilt is not proved. “There are investigation institutions and the court in our country, and if Lukashenka didn’t commit any crime, he will not be repressed”, - A.Milinkevich said Sunday, at a meeting with voters of Minsk. “We will build a small house for him, and he would probably like to be a parliamentarian. Let him be the opposition”, - he has said today at the meeting with voters.
More than one thousand of people came to the meeting with democratic forces candidate for the Belarusian President’s post Alyaxandr Milinkevich, held March 12, in the Minsk Serabranka district near the cinema house “Salut”. The people came with the candidate’s portraits and posters “Belarus For Milinkevich!” Today the candidate holds two more meetings - near the House of Railwaymen in Chkalava Street and near the Ice Palace in Prytytskaga Street.