Political prisoner Dzmitry Furmanau quits hunger strike

Dzmitry Furmanau and his fiancee Volha, courtesy photo.

Dzmitry Furmanau, who has been behind bars since late May as a defendaint in the so called Tsikhanouski’s case, has stopped his hunger striking, A Country for Living movement reported on its Telegram channel on Wednesday morning.

Furmanau refused food on March 11, protesting against ‘appalling confinement conditions in Hrodna prison’.

Since February, they keep putting handcuffs on him, even if he goes for a walk or sends a letter,” the arrestee’s family told Belsat.

In addition, Dzmitry was placed in a punishment cell for unknown reasons.

Dzmitry Furmanau, 35, was detained on May, 29 during a picket to collect signatures for the nomination of Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya as a candidate for presidency; he was a regional coordinator. On the same day Syarhei Tsikhanouski and his associates were arrested. Furmanau was charged under Part 1 Article 342 (organisation and preparation of actions that grossly violate public order) of the Criminal Code and recognised as a political prisoner by Belarusian human rights watchdogs.

Another political prisoner, Hrodna-based musician and activist Ihar Bantser, has been on a dry hunger strike since March 3.

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