Politician Pavel Sevyarynets, a co-chairman of the Belarusian Christian Democracy and former political prisoner, was arrested on Wednesday evening.
The police detained Pavel Sevyarynets when he was going home with his pregnant wife Volha. They did not let him to say goodbye to his wife or take any things from home.
Забралі.Бягу да дому з працы, Павел мяне сустракае як заўсёды, абдымае, забірае торбы, прыдумляем па дарозе да дому, шт…
The politician expected being taken to prison in the run-up of a protest rally scheduled for October 21.
On October 2, a Minsk court sentenced Pavel Sevyarynets to 15 days under arrest for taking part in the ‘warning rally’ in early September.
On September 8, Mikalai Statkevich, one of the leaders of the Belarusian National Congress, led the protest against the Belarusian-Russian military exercise ‘Zapad-2017’ in Minsk.
The opposition warned against ‘occupation from the inside’ as well as ‘external aggression’ and adopted a resolution slamming Belarus’ hosting Zapad-2017.
No one was detained during the rally, but later poet and politician Uladzimir Nyaklyayeu spent 7 days in prison for participating. Mikalai Statkevich was also put in jail. Mahiliou-based activist Stanislau Pavlinkovich was BYN 460 fined. Protocols were drawn upon politicians and activists Yauhen Afnagel, Vyachaslau Siuchyk, Ales Makayeu, Pavel Sevyarynets, Nina Bahinskaya.