On April 18, 2012 five unknown persons broke in the flat which Marharyta Lavyshyk and her friend Krystsina Kumeyka rent and took the girls to an undisclosed location. All Belarusian power structures refused to take responsibility for the detention during the previous day. It is known that all data contained in Marharyta’s computer were deliberately checked, the personal correspondence being copied.
«She was to leave for Poland, we were going to live together here. It is nothing else but revenge through the nearest and dearest on the people whom they [Belarusian authorities – Belsat] are not able to get at,» one of the coordinators of Revolution through social networks campaign Vyachaslau Dziyanau said.
Marharyta Lavyshyk and her friend Krystsina Kumeyka are kept in Minsk detention centre in Akrestsina street, a duty officer confirmed the press service of the campaign only in the evening of April, 18.
UPD The girls faced trial in Maskouski district court in Minsk on April 19, 2012. Though Marharyta and Krystsina are difficult to be accused of any violations the Belarusian judicial system is notorious for its politically motivated verdicts: Marharyta Lavyshyk and Krystsina Kumeyka have been acknowledged guilty of alleged disorderly conduct (art. 17.1 of the Administrative Code). They will be fined for 1.5 mln BYR (appr. $190).
Peaceful protest action organized by Revolution through social networks campaign repeatedly took place throughout the country in summer, 2011. Their participants gathered at the main squares in Belarusian cities and towns to show their dissatisfaction with the Lukashenka’s regime.
Demonstrators did not bring flags or any other symbols forbidden in Belarus. They did not chant either, not to give an excuse for the police to arrest them. They clapping and thumping instead. Despite all the measures police did intervened. Thousands of people were arrested and adjudged guilty of disorderly conduct.