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Milinkevich outlines priority goals of united opposition forces
Kozulin`s team to petition Supreme Court to invalidate election results
Former presidential contender Aleksandr Milinkevich said that a group of allied opposition forces would work to attract more people to its ranks and destroy fear in society.
ODIHR mission`s decision to cancel accreditation of Russian observer in Belarusian election draws criticism from Moscow
The team of Aleksandr Kozulin plans to petition the Supreme Court to invalidate the results of the March 14-19 presidential election over multiple irregularities. The text of the complaint has already been prepared and has yet to be signed by Dr. Kozulin, Mecheslav Grib, the presidential candidate`s campaign manager, told BelaPAN. "The lawyer will give him the text during a visit to the detention center in Zhodino on March 29. That means that the complaint will be sent to the Supreme Court either on March 29 or March 30," he said.
PACE president says Lukashenko`s policy is counterproductive
The Russian foreign ministry criticized the March 23 decision of the election monitoring mission of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) to cancel the accreditation of Sergei Velichkin, the organization`s short-term observer in Belarus` presidential election.
Canada to limit relations with Belarus over presidential election
Rene van der Linden, president of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE), said that the policy pursued by Aleksandr Lukashenko would prove counterproductive in the long-term future and noted that Belarus` recent presidential election had deepened the country`s isolation from the international community.
Zubrs Tried to Wash Russian Flag
Canada intends to limit its relations with Belarus to protest the March 14-19 presidential election denounced by Western observers as severely flawed. Foreign Minister Peter MacKay called in the Belarus ambassador on Monday "to voice Canada`s condemnation of the absolute affront to democratic principles" in the election, which Belarusian leader Aleksandr Lukashenko won, according to official results.
In Akrestsin Detention Center Relatives Have to Queue Up At 2 a.m.
Activists of the youth resistance movement Zubr have hold a protest action in front of the Russain Embassy. They protested against Russia’s support to Belarusian dictator.
Uladzimir Labkovich: These Are Not Law-Enforcing Agencies, But a Brigade of Sadists
Today at 1 p.m. the list of people who wanted to bring food and clothes to detainees had 230 names. Only 60 parcels were taken since the morning. Families of the detainees have to occupy a position in a queue since 2 a.m. to pass things and food.
This is a letter of women, who were taken to the prison in the town of Zhodzina from the isolation prison of Minsk district.
Human rights organizations continue to receive reports about cruelty and arbitrariness of police towards detainees of peaceful protests. “It’s barbarity. We are not dealing with law-enforcing agencies, but with a bunch of sadists, who get moral and physical pleasure from making people suffer. Their sadism is concealed by courts and procuracy,” the Charter’97 press-center was informed by Uladzimir Labkovich, a human rights activist.
Regime Has Violated Law Twice: Tent Camp Defenders Were to Be Released
“We really wanted to write down everything which had happened to us, since the very fist minutes of our detainment. Yet, only now, on Sunday, 26. March, at 19.00, have we received such an opportunity. During the evening check, we asked the director of the prison to lend us his pen, which he did. During arrest all our private possessions, all hygiene items, as well as all hats, scarves and gloves were confiscated. Pens and pencils were prohibited during the first days of detainment, we also have no paper we could use for writing.
Judge Was Beseeched on Knees to Reverse a Sentence to Maryja Dzevina
The authorities are violating all laws by prosecuting them for peaceful protest, guarantees by the Constitution of the Republic of Belarus and the Universal Human Rights Declaration. On Monday they violated even the Administrative Code. According to the Administrative Code, those who have violated the article 167 Part 1 (organizing and participation in unsanctioned mass events), with which the October Square protesters are charged, can be detained until trial for no more than 3 days. And the trials over the persons detained on October Square have started only on the fourth day.
Belarusian Internet Against “Sovetskaya Belorussia”
On March 27 Maryja Dzevina was sentenced to 10 days of arrest for participation in peaceful demonstrations against fraudulent results of the presidential vote. He relatives could not find out for a long time, in which court she would be tried. Then they were told that the case of Maryja Dzevina would be considered in the court of Leninski district of Minsk. However, while Maryja’s sister was waiting for her in the court of Leninski district, she was up in court of Kastrychnitski district.
Minsk Dweller Had No Information About Wife and Children For Three Days
Today the official organ of the presidential administration “Sovetskaya Belorussia” was in the center of attention of Belarusian Internet-community. First general interest was aroused by an anonymous article in the new issue of the newspaper. The article told about “villainous” beating up of peaceful riot policemen by Minsk dwellers by the theatre of Musical Comedy. Impressed by a ‘truthful’ presentation of the facts about the events in Minsk on March 25, the Belarusian Internet-users decided to organize a virtual flash-mob.
No violence in Belarus election protests
In the special detention center in Akrestsin Street one could see the only almost happy man: after three days a Minsk dweller found his family! Since March 25 he was looking for his wife and two sons.
17:12, 28/03/2006, By Andrew Rettman, EUOBSERVER
Photo-report From Akrestsin Street. Parents Still Doesn’t Know Their Children’s Location
There was no violence as feared in Minsk on Sunday night (19 March) when 15,000 to 20,000 people protested against president Alexander Lukashenko in October Square.
European Socialists condemn violence in Belarus
9 district courts of Minsk have been trying the detained participants of the protest on October Square and of the demonstration on March 25. 293 persons were sentenced to an administrative arrest. But relatives and friends of the detainees still do not have information about them. The administration of detention centers refuse to tell the names of prisoners. Since 5 a.m. people are standing in queues near the doors of the special detention center in Akrestsin Street and of other detention centers, in an attempt to deliver them food and warm clothes. The situation is monstrous: parents do not know exactly, where their children are. 5 days have passed since their arrest.
Whole Families Are Put Behind Bars
Vice-president of the Socialist Group in the European Parliament, Jan Marinus Wiersma, today strongly condemned the use of violence against peaceful protesters in Minsk and the arrest of opposition activists last week and this weekend.
Solidarity With Political Prisoners
In Rahachou (Homel Region) criminal proceedings have been instituted against all members of the Zhelinskys family. As the BelaPAN informs, Rahachou dweller Viktar Zhylinski, an activist of the headquarters of Alyaxandr Milinkevich, planned to be present at a polling station as an independent observer. On March 18 he received a phone call. He was invited to a regional electoral commission for accreditation as an observer. When he went out of his house, a man passing by threw a beer bottle to his feet, and claimed that Zhylinski had allegedly knocked the bottle from his hands. Policemen were nearby, and they detained the activist. Zhylinski was charged with using foul language in a public place, and the court sentenced him to 7 days of arrest.
Graffiti “Freedom to Political Prisoners” Appeared on Belarusian Consulate in St. Petersburg
Actions of solidarity with arrested participants of peaceful protest against fraudulent presidential elections are held in Belarus every day. The grassroots protests are of a different kind. People cannot stay indifferent to the total lawlessness in the country, when up to a thousand of young people were hurled into prison for their longing for freedom.
KGB Initiated a Criminal Action Against Young Front Activists
On March 26 in St. Petersburg, Russia, an initiative group of anarchists and liberals have carries out a graffiti attack on the building of the Belarusian consulate as a sign of protest against repressions of Lukashenka’s government, and solidarity with the Belarusian people. Slogans: “Disgrace!”, “Lukashenka is Nation’s Butcher” and “Freedom to Political Prisoners!” were painted on the consulate.
HE FEELS REALLY BAD
The counterterrorism and organized crime fight department of the KGB has initiated a criminal action against 4 activists of the Young Front. The action is brought up for violation of the Article 193 Part 1 of the Criminal Code of Belarus (illegal organization of a public association, religious association or a foundation or participation in their activities). The action is initiated against Zmitser Dashevich, Aleh Korbun, Barys Haretski and Syarzhuk Lisichonak.
Political Prisoners Went on Hunger Strike
The swearing-in ceremony of Alyaxandr Lukashenka will not take place on March 31 and is postponed. The reasons for rescheduling the ceremony are not revealed. It looks really strange, as the Belarusian dictator do not show his face in public. It is unknown where the Belarusian dictator is and what has happened to him. The most stunning thing is that the state-run media say almost nothing about his most recent actions and decisions.
The number of political prisoners in remand prisons of Minsk and Minsk region has reached 1,000. Among them there are people detained on October Square, by the square and during disbanding of a peaceful demonstration in Dzerzhinsky Avenue on March 25. In Zhodzina detention center 20 prisoners are continuing a hunger strike for the 5th day. Among them are Zmitser Palojka from Baranavichy, Dzianis Ziukau from Minsk, Stas Pachobut from Hrodna, Vasil Khadnevich from Rudzensk, Maxim Bujnitsky from Babrujsk and other protesters arrested after liquidation of the tent camp on the night of March 23-24.