Riot Policemen Assaulted Zubr Activist For National Flag 19:58, 29/03/2006
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.
As we have informed, on March 24 in the morning the Internal Affairs Department of Minsk city executive committee and the Internal Affairs Ministry reported that all underage defenders of the tent camp had been released. The policemen had not told that after beating up by riot policemen they were hospitalized.
It’s not the first time when Andrei Kuzminski is beaten up by riot policemen. On March 15 the Zubr activist took part in the picket in front of the Russian Embassy in Minsk. The Zubrs held a streamer: “Support of the dictator is disgrace for Russia!” Andrei was beaten up by riot policemen in masks then. He regained conscience in an ambulance car. His rib was injured, he had many closed wounds.