Around 60 friends of the Belarusian Republican Union of Youth and activists of the veteran organizations picketed again the building of the General Consulate of Estonia in Minsk today.The protest was against shifting of the monument to the Soviet Soldier in Tallinn. The General Consulate of Estonia sent the note to the ministry for foreign affairs of Belarus.According to the Radio Svaboda, it is said in the note that the Estonian party was not notified by the Belarusian authorities about picketing.
Belarus` Free Theater (FT) has been nominated for a prestigious award, European Theater Prize. The list of candidates for the 2008 European Theater Prize was unveiled during this year`s award ceremony held in Greece, the previous week.
3 May political prisoner Kazulin was visited in prison by his new lawyer Zmitzer Garyachka. According to the information the lawyer shared with the policymaker’s daughter Yulia, Kazulin is still having health problems.
On the eve of Chernobyl Way action, on 24 April Baranavichy police suspended the criminal case against the youth activist Yaraslau Hryshchenia, who was the sixth suspect in the case that was brought by KGB on the fact of activity of the unregistered organization Young Front, because of lack of evidence.
On 27 April 2007 the head of the juridical service of Aliaksandr Kazulin Aleh Volchak and his daughter Yuliya Kazulina received an answer from Minsk prosecutor’s office concerning the beating of Aliaksandr Kazulin on 2 March 2006 by special police forces.
The prime-minister of Belarus Siarhei Sidorski signed the ruling according to which the informational production which is confessed to be extremist by the court must be included into the republican list of extremist materials which would be lead by the Ministry of Information and published in the state newspapers Respublika, Narodnaya Gazeta and Zviazda within 3-day period after its submission to them by the ministry. The list will include the kind of the informational material, the name of the court, the day of enforcement of the verdict, the names of the authors or producers of the information production.
The subject of controversy between Niasvizh authorities and the local Catholic believers is a 18th century building which used to belong to the Catholic church till 1939 (Bolshevik seizure of the Western Belarus) and where priests lived. Then the building was confiscated and owned by Niasvizh executive committee, which placed a printing house there.
3 May President of the USA George Bush congratulated the mass media staff all over the world with the International Day of Press Freedom. ”The United States appreciates the freedom of press as one of the major political rights and the essential component of free society, he announced. In undemocratic societies where governments suppress, manipulate and control access to information the journalists are at the forefront of the peoples’ struggle for freedom”.
Mass students’ action against annulment of students’ benefits is to be taken in Minsk Activists of the students’ movement made a request for conducting the mass protest action. The non-political action will be held under the slogan ”We are against Benefits Annulling!”