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Injured Protester: “I was in that hospital, but they conceal my name”
Zhodzina Prison’s Administration Hushes Up Political Prisoners’ Hunger Strike
The authorities are still withholding information about the protesters injured during the violent crackdown on the peaceful protest on March 25. Representatives of the hospital say that nobody was hospitalized after the demonstrations. However, a pensioner Uladzimir Shadenka, who was admitted to the hospital number 4 in Minsk with a head trauma, is surprised that his name was not registered among the patients of that hospital. “They have thrown me away in three hours. They stitched my head, X-rayed it, and saw too intense vascular pattern on my crown of head. But they have not written down anything about the stitches and brain concussion. They told that my skull is unbroken, that’s all. And I have lost lots of blood! My hat was soaked with blood. But I was taken to that hospital, and they hush up my name. I do not know why they conceal the names of the injured,” the pensioner said to the Radio Svaboda.
OSCE Concerned by Detentions in Belarus
The administration of Zhodzina detention center holds back information about the hunger strike of political prisoners. It causes concern of their families and friends, the Radio Svaboda informs.
21:21, 31/03/2006, VOICE OF AMERICA
Milinkevich’s HQ Found Family of Protester Reportedly Killed on March 25
The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe is expressing grave concern about the detention of opposition protesters in Belarus following controversial elections in the former Soviet Republic. The OSCE and other monitoring groups say the elections were undemocratic.
Participant of March 25 Events: “They Knocked Me Down, And One Kicked Me to My Head”
The headquarters of the leader of the United Democratic Forces Alyaksandr Milinkevich managed to ‘trace’ the family of Syarhei Atroshchanka, the head of the campaign headquarters Shyarhei Kalyakin told at a press conference in Minsk on March 31. In particular, the headquarters representatives have found out that S. Atroshchanka, who was unmercifully beaten up by police during the dispersal of the opposition demonstration on March 25, is not from Hrodna region. He is a native of Brest region, Baranavichy district. “We are looking for his family now. It’s important that they joined the search,” S. Kalyakin said.
Notorious Belarusian Ambassador Recalled to Minsk
Alyaksandr Tsishuk was beaten up in Minsk on March 25 during the demonstration to the detention center in Akrestsin Street. He was taken to the hospital number 4 in Minsk, and traces of the battery were registered. On March 25, when peaceful demonstrators were attacked by policemen, a stun grenade exploded near him, and then he was beaten up and fell unconscious. “They were people in black, without helmets. First “cosmonauts” came, and those men in black were among them. They knocked me down, one of them kicked me in the face, and I lost consciousness. My nose was bleeding. A Czech correspondent and people around pulled me away and placed me to the side of the road,” the man said to the Radio Svaboda.
Belarus protest leader to seek EU backing in Vienna
On March 31, 2006 Paval Latushka, Belarussian Ambassador to Poland, has been temporarily recalled to Minsk for consultations. He is to return back after consultations, the press service of the Belarusian Foreign Ministry informs. As we have informed, for three weeks tents are standing in front of the Belarusian Embassy in Poland. In this way Belarusian and Polish activists protest against rigged results of the presidential elections in Belarus, and against mass arrests in Minsk.
18:29, 31/03/2006, By Andrei Makhovsky, Reuters
Are They Policemen or Death Squads?
Belarus`s main opposition leader is to have talks in Vienna next week with EU president Austria, keeping up Western pressure on President Alexander Lukashenko over a disputed presidential election.
Doctors Hush Up State of Health of Former Polish Ambassador
The Charter’97 press center continues to collect of testimonies of people beaten up and arrested during protests against fraudulent elections results. It’s hard to describe the humiliating treatment these people have experienced. Anatoly Shapchyts was detained on March 20 overnight, when he left the tent camp and wanted to go to a lavatory. The guy was seized by two riot policemen and thrown into a bus. “They hit me on the chest with fists, and they clubbed my legs. I have long hair, and they started to make threats that they would cut it. When I said: “Do anything you like, but don’t touch my hair,” one of the riot policemen unzipped a fly… I was saved only because other policemen started to throw more demonstrators into the bus, and the riot policemen left me alone”.
Where are victims of riot policemen’s sadism?
A former Polish Ambassador to Belarus, Mariusz Maszkiewicz, sentenced to 15 days of arrest for taking part in the protest on October Square in Minsk, was transferred to intensive care of Minsk hospital number 1 on March 29. In the detention center in Akrestsin Street Mr Maszkiewicz complained of strong pain in the chest, and he was taken to a hospital with suspected heart attack. On Krzysztof Swiderek March 30 a representative of consulate department of the Polish Embassy was allowed to visit him.
Doctors: “When a person died in receiving-room, he is not registered”
For today force ministries are concealing information about persons injured during disbanding of a peaceful demonstration on March 25 in Minsk. Weapons and non-lethal weapons were used against the protesters: smoke-grenades and noise-making explosives went off right over the heads of the people. The authorities refuse to confirm information about victims during the crackdown on the rally. Human rights watchdogs and representatives of Milinkevich and Kazulin’s HQ say that people could have died during disbanding of the protest. Today we once again publish the pictures where people injured by riot policemen are clearly seen. They are bleeding. We ask the viewers of the site to look at them again. Possibly you could see how these people were beaten up. We wait for any information. Our email address is email@example.com
Yury Chavusau: “He Put a Foot on My Head and Choked Me”
The spokespersons of Alyaksandr Kazulin, Nina Shydlouskaya, told that according to reports that are to be checked, Syarhei Atroshchanka, beaten up by riot policemen during the demonstration on March 25, allegedly dies in the 9th clinical hospital of Minsk today. The hospital representatives do not confirm this information. However, the worker of the inquiry office of the hospital number 9 could not exclude a possibility that a person could have died in the hospital before he was admitted to a hospital formally. Doctors said to the Radio Svaboda that “when a person dies in the receiving room, and died during the examination by doctors, which is possible, he would not be entered in any lists”.
“On the way we were intimidated by photos of murdered people”
Today a human rights activist Yury Chavusau was released together with dozens of other political prisoners of the detention center in Akrestsin Street. The human rights activist told to the Charter’97 about the details of his detention:
Radio Svaboda continues to tell about supporters of changes who were arrested, convicted and beaten up after the liquidation of the tent camp on October Square. Alyaksandr Kvitkevich, a second-year student of the Minsk State Linguistic University, told about his impressions to the Radio Svaboda.
Today night 80 political prisoners were released after the arrest for participation in the meetings against fraudulent presidential elections results. Families and friends met the prisoners of conscience with flowers and scanned: “Long live Belarus!” Parents were crying, hugging their children, friends gave them red and white carnation. Though the Belarusian patriots were released at 3 a.m., not only friends and relatives, but common citizens came to greet them and show respect to their courage. The released prisoners were saying that they are ready to continue their fight for the freedom of their country.
Andrej Dynko is the editor-in-chief Nasha Niva, the oldest Belarusian-language weekly newspaper in Belarus. Founded in 1906, it turns 100 in November. On 21 March Andrej Dynko was arrested in the centre of Minsk near the tent camp. He was sent into prison for 10 days for allegedly for “using vulgar language in conversation with police”. This is a letter he wrote from his cell.