On October 3, the representatives of the Belarusian diaspora in France staged a picket near Interpol’s headquarters in Lyon, calling them for putting an end to their cooperation with the Belarusian regime.
As reported earlier, 27-year-old Belarusian citizen Makary Malakhouski was detained in the Polish town of Piaseczno on September 12. He was arrested at the request, which the Belarusian police had submitted to Interpol. The young man was internationally wanted on a so-called ‘red card’. Fortunately, the young man was released the following day, as the Polish Ministry of the Interior realised that Belarus abused international lists of persons in search – red cards.
“Earlier, we sent an open letter to Interpol, explaining the situation in which Makary Malakhouski found himself in Poland, and noted that in our opinion, the Belarusian secret services use Interpol to persecute oppositionists even abroad. In their reply, Interpol told us that they started to apply the Red Notice protocol in relation to Belarus and that every request from its authorities would be deliberately checked. But Makary’s case proves otherwise. That is why we have come to the building to call on Interpol to cooperate with the democratic forces and ByPol in order to prevent similar scenarios in the future,” they said.
On October 3, a rally of solidarity with Belarusian political prisoners was held in the capital city of Poland; its participants’ goals was to draw the international community’s attention to the lack of medical care for political prisoners and to show support for the labour movement in Belarus. During the event the speakers raised the issues of some political prisoners’ health state as well as torture cases in Belarusian jails.
The organisers also collected signatures under the petitions for recognising Alyaksandr Lukashenka as an illegitimate leader and for establishing Free Belarus Square in Warsaw.