18 January 2018, Thursday, 9:01

Participants of performance against unemployment summoned to police

The police continue to persecute activists of Alternative youth initiative for a performance in Minsk against hidden unemployment.

BelaPAN news agency learnt from initiative leader Aleh Korban that policemen tried to invite Alternative activists to “conversations” on the phone on February 8 and 9. Police officers visited activists' homes several times, but could talk only to their relatives and said the activists had to come to a police station. The Alternative leader has not been summoned to the police yet.

“The authorities use sanctions against activists to scare them and influence the activity of young people,” Korban said. “Perhaps it is an attempt of the authorities to show that we will be punished. The only thing we can do now is to send lawyers to the police, when they summon activists.”

It should be reminded that a “conversation” with initiative activist Dzmitry Silchanka ended with a 10-day term in custody. He was sentenced to custody on February 7 by Minsk's Savetski district court for violating article 23.34 of the Code of Administrative Offences (violation of the rules of organising and holding mass events).