The Belarusian Free Theater still stages plays despite the detentions of all viewers and actors which were held recently during Edward Bond’s play “Eleven Vests.” The troupe discusses new performances, international tours and plans to get the prestigious “Europe’s Award.” The actors of the Free Theater are going to take part in the European March on October 14. “We are a European theater and we can’t see any other alternatives to the European route of Belarus. Of course the entire troupe of the Free Theater will come to the European March to stand with those who share our views. We will be granted Europe’s major theatrical award – “Europe’s Award” – in April 2008 in Salonika. And there we want to tell our European colleagues, “there is no more underground culture in our country, no more dictatorship in Europe, Mikola Khalezin told Charter’97. The whole interview with the well-known dramatist follows.
Young activists Vital Tsihanovich and Alina Hladkaya are sentenced to 15 and 7 days of arrest respectively by the court of Partyzanski district of Minsk. Activists were arrested 22 August in the night. Having searched the young men militiamen found in their bags informational materials about the European Union.
Controversial issues at the privately owned market Herakambel will be considered on Wednesday in Barysau district executive committee. Such a promise was given to the participants of the meeting by chairman of Barysau district executive committee Vasiliy Dzialiuk.
Entrepreneurs working at Novo-Barysauski market have come to the central place of Barysau. They announced the beginning of the warning strike and put forward the initiative group for negotiations with Mayor of the city Vasiliy Dzyaliuk.
An unusual performance could be seen in Minsk center in the evening 23 September. Approximately at 20.00 the people walking near Kastrychnickaya Square saw on one of the buildings a 6-meter blue poster with the image of the flag of the European Union and information about the beginning and place of holding of the European March. But the most interesting was the militiaman, running hither and thither on the roof.
Alexander Lukashenka thinks that Russian Gazprom makes profit out of Belarus. “Gazprom is having good money here and making profit out of Belarus”, - Lukashenka declared in Rechytsa on Dazhynki (harvest fest).
Two buses with visitors of the rock-festival “Right to Be Free” which was to start 22 August in Lutsk, a Ukrainian city, were detained today in the night near Minsk. One bus was detained near town Dziarzhynsk, the other – near Stoubtsy. Officers of the State Road Inspection stopped buses under the pretext of the supposed speed-limit breaking by the drivers. There were approximately 40 people in each bus.
One more criminal case is brought before the court against the political prisoner, leader of “Malady Front” (Young Front) Zmitser Dashkevich. He is indicted of refusal to attest, Article 402 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Belarus. As it became known to the pressroom of Charter’97, Zmitser Dashkevich wrote about this in his letter to his friends. According to Zmitser Dashkevich, investigators of Shklou District Interior Department demanded Dashkevich to attest against a young activist Ivan Shyla, who was accused of “activity on behalf of an unregistered organization”.
Democratic activist Leanid Navitski was guarded to the Partisansky district court of Minsk. Two activists Alina Gladkaya and Vital Tihanovich were guarded there with him. They were detained late at night on 21 September. The militiamen searched there bags and found the informational materials about the European March.
Around five thousand people participated in the rock festival ”Right to Be Free” organized by Belarusians in the Ukrainian town Lutsk 22 September. The festival was accompanied by hardships: buses with the festival guests were detained at the exit from Belarus by the special regiment, thus the people were made to hitchhike or travel by electric train. It took the musicians hours to pass the customs and boarder guard control. But the festival was held and struck its target.