Spoiled Freedom Day: Opposition politicians preventively put in detention centre


Uladzimir Nyaklyayeu at May 1st rally in Minsk, phot. by EPA/TATYANA ZENKOVICH

Poet, politician and former political prisoner Uladzimir Nyaklyayeu has been put in a temporary detention facility in Minsk, wife told belsat.eu.

According to her, Nyaklyaeu was detained when he was goung out of his block of flats, but he managed to call her.

“Then he was taken to Leninski district police department, they filled out some papers and put him in the detention centre,” she said.

It is highly likely that Nyaklyayeu will have to spend there 10 days – earlier, he was sentenced to administrative arrest for the participation in the March Of Outraged Belarusians 2.0 in October.

At the moment there is no information about the health state of Nyaklyayeu, who is a hypertention sufferer. His lawyer is seeking to visit the detainee; Volha Nyaklyayeva is going to hand over a package with medicines to her husband.

(UPD) Opposition politician Vyachaslau Siuchuk has been taken to the detention centre in Akrestsin Street as well, son told belsat.eu.

As reported earlier, the Minsk Police have started to preventively detain activists and politicians who were about to hold a march on March 25, Belarus’ unofficial Freedom Day.

A number of festive events were scheduled for Sunday on the occasion of the upcoming 100th anniversary of the proclamation of Belarus’ nationhood.

In late February, Minsk authorities allowed to hold a Freedom Day concert and a rally next to the Opera and Ballet Theatre, but banned the applicants from marching. However, several politicians submitted another application for holding a march on the occasion at Minsk city executive committee, but failed to give any approval.

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March 25, 2018 will be the 100th anniversary of the proclamation of the Belarusian People’s Republic (BNR). It came into existence at the end of the First World War, when Bolshevik forces left Minsk and the city was occupied by German troops. On March 25, 1918 the Provisional Government (Rada) proclaimed the independence of the BNR. After the Red Army re-entered Minsk, the Communist government replaced the Rada; its members had to emigrate. For many years, Lukashenka regime has been slamming and persecuting those who remember the BNR.

КА, belsat.eu

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