On Saturday, two independent actions of support of political prisoners in Belarus were held in Berlin.
At 12 p.m. in front of the Belarusian embassy a group of 10 Belarusian, Ukrainian and German activists carried white-red-white flags and posters in support of journalist Dzyanis Ivashyn from Hrodna, who was recently charged under article 365 of the Criminal Code “Interference in the activities of police officers”.
Presumably, this article was applied because Ivashyn had written a series of articles about many former members of the disbanded in Ukraine “Berkut” now working in the Belarusian riot police.
The activists and passers-by present at the action signed postcards with words of support, which will be sent to Dzyanis Ivashyn to his prison address.
Iryna, a participant of the action, is sure that it is necessary to write to political prisoners:
“Even if the postcards are not handed over, the prisoners will know about them. This is a signal to them as well – the whole world is watching Dzyanis’ fate!”
The second rally was held at 17:00 in the center of Berlin at Alexanderplatz under the famous clock that shows the time in different parts of the world.
The protesters signed a few dozen postcards and wrote letters to political prisoners, as well as informed passers-by about the human rights situation in Belarus.
The organizer of the action Vital Alyaksyaionak is glad that despite the “unpleasant” weather in Berlin they were supported not only by Belarusians.
The next action of Berliners in support of political prisoners in Belarus is scheduled for next Thursday. Amnesty International encourages activists to take part in a picket for human rights in Belarus on March 25 at 16:00-17:30 in front of the Belarusian embassy.