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Tuesday, July 05, 2005


More youth activists detained in Belarus

From Charter 97:

On July 3 activists of youth branch of the United Civil Party, the “Young Democrats, organized a protest against renaming of central streets and prospects of Minsk by Lukashenka’s decree. Leaflets and badges with portraits of Frantsysk Skaryna and Pyotr Masherau were handed out to Minsk dwellers fro about 15 minutes. After that riot policemen detained the activists.

16 activists of the “Young Democrats” at the noon came out to Surhanau Street in Minsk, and handed out badges with the portraits of Frantsysk Skaryna and Pyotr Masherau, and the leaflets with the call to defend the earlier names of the streets, which were changed by Lukashenka’s decree on May 7.

The participants of the action have managed to march only several hundreds meters. By the “Riga” shop they were caught up by riot police detachment. Policemen ringed the young people and ordered to show documents. After that they were escorted to police bus.

Eight protesters were taken to Soviet police department. The young people were asked to provide explanation. Agitation materials were confiscated. In three hours they were released.

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