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Tuesday, August 23, 2005

 

Belarus officials prevent democratic conference

From Viasna:

On 21 August in Ielsk the local police blocked the house in Kalinina Street, where a congress to nominate delegates to the Congress of Democratic Forces should have taken place, reported Radio Liberty. They stopped anyone coming near the house. Telephone communications were cut off.
For three hours the police detained the driver of the privately-owned minibus Uladzimier Shytsikau who had driven Uladzimier Katsora and Andrei Tochyn, the gathering coordinators, from Homel to the district capital. They were closely watched. Police Major Aliaxei Shauchuk attempted to detain Mr. Katsora and Mr. Tolchyn at the market in a café where they had stopped to drink some mineral water. The guard explained that all new people coming to Ielsk arouse the suspicion of the police. But because the activists had passports with them, they had no other reason to continue detention.
The gathering in Ielsk that was to have nominated delegates for the Congress of Democratic Forces did not occur.

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