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Belarusian Protestants Lodged a Complaint against Minsk Authorities
Russia, Belarus to sign agreement on joint air defense system
Parishioners of the New Life Church have lodged a complaint to the Supreme Court of Belarus against the authorities of Minsk that demand to vacate the building of the church. Protesting against the ruling of Minsk city executive committee, 153 persons went on hunger strike on October 6. They stay in the building of the church transformed into a place for worship.
Russia and Belarus will sign an agreement in the near future on forming a unified air defense system, the Russian Air Force commander said Thursday.
Policeman Broke Nose to Activist in Baranavichy
On October 16 an action of solidarity with the families of the abducted in Belarus, with political prisoners, Protestants on hunger strike and all who struggle for a free Belarus, was staged in Washington near the Belarusian Embassy.
Babruisk Hunger Striker Can’t Use Telephone
On October 16 in Baranavichy during a solidarity action one of policemen brutally beat up a young activist Zmitser Palojka. A camera, a purse with 50,000 BYR and some personal things were seized from him without making an inventory. As informed by the human rights center “Viasna”, on October 18 a medicolegal investigation showed that Zmitser Palojka’s nose had been broken and a bone dislocated.
ARCHE Magazine to Sue Ministry of Information
Today Zmitser Katsiarynich, CEO of Belshyna Company, ordered not to let hunger-striker Alena Zakhozhaya to use telephone at her working place. Members of the Independent Trade Union informed RFE/RL.
Foreign Minister of Belarus Goes to Iran
The Supreme Economic Court will consider the suit filed by the editorial team of ARCHE magazine against the Ministry of Information on November 4 at 2 p.m.
Construction of nuclear power station can be launched in 2007
A wide range of issues relating cooperation between Belarus and Iran is to be considered during the visit of Foreign Affairs Minister of Belarus Syarhei Martynau to Teheran on October 21-24. As informed by a press secretary of the Foreign Affairs Ministry Andrei Papou at a news conference today, meetings of Syarhei Martynau with Iranian President, foreign affairs and trade ministers are planned during the visit. Negotiations in the Trade, Industry and Mining Chamber of Iran are planned.
5 Trade Union Activists Announced Hunger Strike
Works for construction of a nuclear power station in Belarus can be started in 2007. It is envisaged by a draft program of innovation development of Belarus in 2006-2010, told the head of the National Academy of Science Mikhail Myasnikovich on October 19 in Minsk, an international scientific conference “Problems of forecasting and governmental regulation of social and economic development”.
Zmitser Dashkevich to Stand Trial on October 30
Today, on October 19, a statement has been made that 4 more members of the Belarusian Independent Trade Union (BITU) are joining the hunger strike of an electrician of a joint stock company “Belshyna” Alena Zakhodzhaya. On October 16 a chairman of the primary organization of BITU of a joint stock company “Belshyna” Ryhor Spasiuk circulated a letter informing that several trade union members would join the hunger strike.
The case of one of the leaders of the “Young Front” organization, Zmitser Dashkevich, is to be considered in the court of Kastrychnitski district of Minsk on October 30. The Charter’97 press center was informed about that by a youth leader Artur Finkevich. The case is to be tried by judge Ala Bulash. Zmitser Dashkevich is charged with participation in activities of an unregistered organization. He faces up to two years of imprisonment.