Wednesday, August 17, 2005
Anti-Lukashenka cartoonists raided
The Belarus domestic security service — the KGB — has raided apartments of several students who had set up the Multclub web-site offering daring cartoons that featured the country’s autocratic leader, Alexander Lukashenko.r, Alexander Lukashenko, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reported Wednesday.
KGB officers seized 12 computers and discs with software, according to the report.
The controversial Web site was launched by the members of the civil initiative group Trety Put (The Third Way) that unites students of Belarusian universities. The students established an animated cartoon club on the Web and posted their products on their site. The cartoons featured Alexander Lukashenko and other top government officials, opposition leaders and ordinary citizens.
KGB officers also searched apartments of cartoon-makers all of whom were questioned by investigators. One of the activists was detained but later reportedly discharged under a travel ban.
Charter 97 adds:
At the moment the site http://mult.3dway.org/ is blocked. It is not clear whether it has been done by the owners of the Cartoon Club or the KGB officers who attain passwords.