As the Charter’97 press-center has been informed, participants of the student protest against repeal of benefits, Pavel Vinahradau, Vadzim Baravik, Pavel Chumakou, Pavel Viltouski and Alyaksandr Barazenka have announced a hunger strike of protest. Today the young activists are to stand trial in the court of Tsentralny district of Minsk. Before that they have spent two days in a remand prison of Interior Affairs department of Minsk. They have spent two days in a remand prison of Minsk city executive committee.
The protest rally of students against repeal of benefits was brutally disbanded on June 1 in Minsk by riot policemen. About 100 participants staged a march-performance in the center of the city. Young activists were carrying a coffin with the word “Benefits” on it. According to traditions of funerals, students were carrying a huge cheap ticket for students in a black frame.
Young people managed to march about one hundred metres this way. Riot policemen attacked them. As the Charter’97 press-center was informed, riot policemen acted brutally, they stroke down protesters to the ground, twisted their arms, beating them up by clubs and fists.
All detainees were taken to a police department of Tsentralny district of Minsk. 5 activists were taken to a remand prison of the Internal Affairs department of Minsk city executive committee. A protester Ilya Shust has been placed to a city hospital No.4. After being beaten up by riot policemen, he was diagnosed a kidney contusion, bruises and suspected a traumatic brain injury by doctors.
As we have informed, the Belarusian “parliament” has recently adopted a law depriving most of Belarusian citizens of benefits. Among others, students are left without public transport travel privilege.