Police in Minsk seize carload of Belarusian Popular Front candidates` campaign leaflets 11:00, 05/01/2007
Police seized a carload of election leaflets that a member of the Belarusian Popular Front (BPF) attempted to bring to Minsk in the wee hours of Friday. A car driven by Sergei Karpovich, a candidate in the coming election for the Minsk City Soviet, was pulled over by policemen in the Shabany neighborhood on the outskirts of the Belarusian capital at 2 a.m.
According to Yan Davidovich, an occupant of the car, the police appeared to have been tipped off in advance. "The policemen ordered us to open the trunk as if they knew [what was there]. Then they took a copy of each leaflet and had a conversation for some time. They ordered us to come to a police department to `sort things out` afterward," the activist said.
The men were let go three hours later but the printed materials, destined for four BPF candidates in Minsk, including for Chairman Vintsuk Vyachorka, were not given back on suspicion that the invoice was fake.