The opposition politicians demanded that the authorities immediately stop the falsified "trade unions case".
This is noted in the statement of the Rada of the Belarusian National Congress, the text of which was published by one of the BNC leaders Mikalai Statkevich:
"Stop harassment of the leaders of the independent trade union!
The Rada of the Belarusian National Congress expresses indignation about the criminal prosecution of the leaders of the REP trade union Henadz Fiadynich and Ihar Komlik.
In August last year, the Belarusian regime launched a special operation against this independent trade union. Its leaders were arrested. Over 500 trade union activists were interrogated throughout the country. The activity of the REP trade union was paralyzed.
They found no illegal actions, so it took the regime almost a year to invent a “crime” in this case. Fiadynich and Komlik have been charged with "non-payment of taxes" from the aid allegedly received by the REP in 2011 from the international trade union movement. Under these charges, the trade union leaders face up to 7 years of imprisonment.
These charges are politically motivated. They are caused by the active role of the REP in the struggle to abolish the decree on the tax from the unemployed. This is the revenge of the regime against the trade union leaders, the persecution of whom looks particularly cynical against the backdrop of the luxury in which the ruling clan lives, without even hiding the money stolen from the people.
The Rada of the BNC demands to immediately withdraw the false charges brought against Ihar Komlik and Henadz Fiadynich, and to stop their persecution. We declare that we are ready to launch a solidarity campaign with our comrades in the struggle for a democratic, free, legal Belarus, and we call upon the Belarusian society and the international community to support the leaders of the REP trade union.
Power to the people!
Long Live Belarus! "