Youth Protesters Arrested in Belarus
A rally in Minsk commemorating the anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear incident landed 40 youth demonstrators from Belarus, Ukraine and Russia into jail:
Among the detainees are the leader of the All-Ukrainian youth public association “National Alliance”, deputy of Lutsk city council Ihor Guz, the chairperson of Minsk regional branch of the United Civil Party Maryna Bahdanovioch, the leader of the Belarusian youth organization “Young Front” Zmitser Dashkevich, and activist of the Young Front Pavel Lisichonak, the leader of the Freedom Party Syarzhuk Vysotski and others.
As we have informed, about 40 protesters were arrested yesterday for the attempt to deliver a petition to Alyaksandr Lukashenka with a demand to pay attention to aftermaths of Chernobyl catastrophe.
The leader of the All-Ukrainian youth organization “National Alliance”, deputy of Lutsk city council Ihor Guz was taken to the court today severely beaten, the human rights center Viasna informs. The Ukrainian deputy has spent the night in the special detention center of Minsk executive committee Interior Affairs Department, together with other detained participants of protest action in Minsk.
Most of the activists were sentenced today although their names have yet to be released:
Almost all activists of Russian, Belarusian and Ukrainian youth organizations have been sentenced to 10 or 15 days of arrest. The complete list of their names is still unknown, because the participants of the rally were tried in different courts, so that the issue would not go public, and to confuse human rights activists and journalists. We have information that the leader of the All-Ukrainian youth public association “National Alliance”, deputy of Lutsk city council Ihor Guz was sentenced to 10 days of arrest. According to the human rights activists, the Ukrainian deputy was beaten up.
Another Ukrainian, Andrei Bokach, has been sentenced to 15 days of arrest. Ukrainians Alexei Panasiuk, Alexandr Mashlay and Andriy Grimaliuk are sentenced to 10 days of arrest.
As we informed earlier, the leader of the Russian movement “Marching Without Putin” Vadim Rezvyj, “Russian Newsweek” correspondent Alexei Ametov, and the Belarusian “Young Front” activist Pavel Lisichonak had been sentenced to 10 days of arrest. A journalist of Russian newspaper “Moskovskiy Komsomolets”, Mikhail Romanov, is sentenced to 8 days of arrest. The leader of the Belarusian “Young Front” Zmitser Dashkevich is sentenced to 12 days of arrest.
Belarusian opposition activists Syarzhuk Vysotski, Aleh Gnechyk and Kiryl Shymanovich have been sentenced to arrests, but the terms are still unknown.
The names of other convicted defendants are to be found out yet.