Political prisoner Dzmitry Dashkievich has stopped the hunger strike.
Dzmitry’s lawyer met with him in the Mazyr reformatory. According to the political prisoner’s fiancée Nastassia Palazhanka, who went to the Mazyr reformatory together with the lawyer, Dashkievich has stopped the hunger strike today, 15 days since its start.
“He has stopped the hunger strike because the attitude towards him has changed completely. They talk to him with respect, and they behave. He believes this is an absolute victory, and he says he is grateful to the journalists, human rights activists and all people who care, his fellows. He is also grateful for the words of support from the Pope of Rome passed to Dzima during a meeting by the Apostolic Nuncio,” the political prisoner’s fiancée Nastassia Palazhanka told Radio Svaboda.
Dzmitry Dashkievich looks very exhausted, but he is cheerful, Nastassia Palazhanka says. According to her, the prisoner has been transferred to an isolation cell for one month:
“It is possible that they are collecting data for the third criminal case against Dzmitry, on article 411 - disobedience. This is why prisoners are normally transferred to the isolation cell for such a long time.”
In 2011, chairperson of the Malady Front Dzmitry Dashkievich was convicted to a two-year imprisonment for hooliganism. Allegedly, one day before the presidential elections 2010, together with his Malady Front fellow Eduard Lobau, he assaulted random passers-by in the streets. In court, Dashkievich denied his guilt and claimed the incident to be a provocation by the special services. After one year in the reformatory in Gorki, Dzmitry Dashkievich was transferred to the reformatory in Glubokaie – the official reason was rough violations of the regime. Several months after that, he was once again convicted to one addition year of imprisonment. On 19 September Dzmitry Dashkievich was taken to the Mazyr reformatory, and three days later he was locked in an isolation cell and started a hunger-strike.