In Minsk the home searches in the apartments of activists of the unregistered organization the Young Front continue. An investigation group of the KGB Department on Constitutional Order Defense and Counterterrorism looks for the members of the YF in the regions.
An underage Zubr activist Andrei Kuzminsky was detained on March 24 in the night during the liquidation of the tent camp on October Square in Minsk by riot policemen. He was one of the first to be seized by riot policemen. He defended tents together with his friends, clasping the hands. “I was thrown in an armoured truck. I was holding a national flag. Riot policemen started to snatch it from my hands, they knocked me on the ground, but I refused to give the flag. In Akrestsin Street I was dumped from the truck. I fell, then I stood up and tried to run to the fence, but they started to kick me,” the activist told to the Charter’97 press center. Now Andrei Kuzminski is hospitalized in a surgery department of 9th hospital and diagnosed a blood tumor and kidney rupture.
A former Polish ambassador to Belarus, Mariusz Maszkiewicz has been taken to a hospital number 1 of Minsk (Masherau/Victors’ Avenue, 64) from the detention center in Akrestsin Street. As the USP press service has found out in the receiving-room of the heart disease department, Mr Maszkiewicz refuses to be hospitalized. His electrocardiogram shows the signs of heart attack; it means that he could have a heart attack. His left side of the body is painful, there is a bruise there. During the sweep of the tent camp on October Square riot policemen had been beating him on that part of the body probably.
“It is remarkable how the foreign ministries of Russia and Belarus are working consistently these days, as well as their heads Lavrov and Martynov. They are not simply defending the absurd figures of the election results, justifying the existence of the dictatorship in Belarus. The both foreign ministries continue to hound punitive agencies of Lukashenka’s regime at participants of peaceful demonstrations. It’s not enough for them that women and children are beaten up in Belarus; that a beaten-up candidate for presidency Alyaksandr Kazulin is imprisoned, that detention centers are overcrowded with political prisoners, women among them. They are nudge pushing the castigators to even harsher measures,” told the international coordinator of the Charter’97, former deputy Foreign Minister of Belarus Andrei Sannikov.
Katsiaryna Kliatsouka came from Poland to Belarus with her daughter Vera and Mariusz Mackiewicz, the ex-ambassador of Poland . They took part in the protests and were arrested on the Kastrychnitskaya square. Here is the interview Katsiaryna gave to the Belarusian service of Radio Free Europe.
The country presiding in the G8 is trying to justify the criminal actions of Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s dictatorship. The foreign policy ministry of Russia has placed responsibility for the crackdown on the peaceful demonstration on March 25 on opposition. Russia also holds the opposition responsible for the use of weapons and special means by riot police. And the use of stun grenades, smoke-grenades and teargas against peaceful protesters with flowers and balloons is considered “adequate” by the Russian regime.
Some of the defenders of the tent camp arrested in Minsk on March 24 are released from prisons. Today each of them has his story and many horrible testimonies of what had happened to them on the night of arrest and in prisons. A Mahilyou dweller Krystsina Shatikava was released yesterday from the detention center in Minsk.
Today the support of the Belarusian dictatorship by Russia is noticeable everywhere. Vladimir Putin has congratulated Lukashenka with elections victory. Russian politicians headed by Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov are constantly defending the Belarusian regime in the international arena. The CIS mission headed by Vladimir Rushajlo stated that the elections in Belarus, not recognized by the civilized world, were held “without violations and in democratic manner”. The matter also concerns the policy of the Russian TV channels, which have been given instructions by top echelons of power to say half-truth about the developments in Belarus or simply hush up what is going on in our country in reality, especially now, when thousands of people have been hurled into prisons, beaten up, exposed to humiliating treatment, intimidated and tortured.
The United States Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, has addressed the Senate of the country. She touched upon the topic of the Belarusian presidential elections and their results. As said by the Secretary of State, Lukashenka’s announcing a president leaves the country outside Europe. At the same time, Condoleezza Rice noted that Belarusian opposition has been strengthened. “Lukashenka’s regime is beyond the pale as compared to any other government in Europe,” she said at a session of a Senate Sub-Committee on Financial Issues.