Task Force Perform Mopping-Up Operation On Victory Day 13:42, 10/05/2006
On May 9 at 9 p.m. 13 young people were detained by Belarusian State Circus. They intended to march along F. Skaryna (Independence) Avenue up to Victory Square and pay tribute to the memory of dead of the Great Patriotic War.
People peacefully walking with candles were detained by riot policemen. First they were taken to the police department of Pershamajski district of Minsk, and then to Partyzanski police department. Human rights activists were informed by the police department officers that the young people were allegedly detained for identification. However, as the Charter’97 press center was told by Ales Kalita, a human rights watchdog, fingerprint examination of some participants of the rally had been carried out, which is absolutely illegal, as only people who undergone administrative arrest submit fingerprints.
The detainees were released only at midnight.
On the same day a few young men were detained in M. Gorki Park. Students were handing out postcards with congratulations to war veterans. It was reminded in the postcards that hundreds of students were expelled from universities, arrested or fined, and in those conditions the Belarusian young people struggle for freedom and justice, as it is their concept of intergenerational continuity.
Policemen were called in by a lieutenant of the KGB, who found political undertones in the postcards’ text. Three students were detained. They were kept in a police department for two hours, they passport information was copied.