21 June 2018, Thursday, 21:06

Lukashenka Vs Outraged Belarusians

The participants of the Outraged Belarusians’ Marches stood trials.

The trials against the journalists and participants of the Outraged Belarusians’ Marches passed today in Vorsha, Homel and Minsk.

In Vorsha, judge Tatsiana Rybakova decided to punish the BCD Co-Chairman Pavel Seviarynets with 15 days of detention after consideration of his case.

Activist Viachaslau Kasinerau, who was detained after the action on March 12, also got 15 days of detention. He was punished for participation in the Outraged Belarusians’ March on February 17. Viachaslau was found guilty of breaking the law on mass events.

Apart from that, Kasinerau was handed the resolution on detention under the suspicion of "desecrating of buildings and damaging of property" — Article 341 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Belarus.

Human rights defender Vasil Berasneu of the Belarusian Helsinki Committee got 14 days of detention. His place was searched yesterday.

The Central district court of Homel sentenced Victar Rubtsou and Maxim Filippovich on March 13. They were charged with participation in the action of protest against decree #3 which was held in Homel on February 19.

Activist Victar Andreyeu got 13 days of detention.

Andrei Yurkou from Horki, who was a candidate for deputy at the latest “election”, got 2 days of detention in Vorsha after the participation in yesterday’s action.

In Vorsha, judge Iryna Kokhava resolved to fine “Belsat” TV reporter Katsiaryna Andreyeva for Br 690 (30 base fees), and Radio Liberty’s reporter Halina Abakunchyk – for Br 575. They were charged with disobedience to the police officers, and Katsiaryna Abndreyeva was additionally charged with violation of the law on the media. The journalists spent the night before trial in the remand prison.

The police detained 18 journalists and bloggers in Vorsha, Rahachou and Brest. Most of them were released in three hours.

The Central district court of Homel fined the local trade union leader Victar Mikhasiou for Br 690.

Important to note, the European Union urges the Belarusian authorities to immediately release all the citizens, detained during the protest actions.