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Four people arrested after solidarity actions with arrestees of New Year punk gig in Minsk (Belarus)

23/01/2015 in Prison Society

via abc belarus:

On January 20-21 four activists were arrested in Minsk after solidarity actions with people previously arrested at the New Year Punk Party in Minsk.

One person was captured by the police at the prison gates when people came to meet those comrades who were due to be released after the 10 days of arrest that they were sentenced to after the concert.

Four people were sentenced to 15 days in prison for disobeying police orders. Some activists connect the continuation of repressions with solidarity actions that were carried out on January 16. That day several autonomous anarchist groups organised protest actions in three places simultaneously: at the Court where their comrades had been tried, at the prison where they had been kept and at the Police station which had been in charge of the raid. There they made a picture with hands behind their heads to show their protest against the police raid at the New Year Punk Gig and the following detention of three people that were doing distro tables during the concert.

After the concert police officers started visiting people that gave their IDs during the gig privately as well. Anarchist Black Cross Belarus reports at least one person who got an official warning of unacceptable extremist activity. Several more people reported police attempts to meet them or arrange “private” talks.

With elections in Belarus getting closer repressions against the local anarchist movement intensify. In January all in all seven people were arrested six of whom got from 10 to 15 days in prison. All these people face or will face problems at work, some of them had to change their workplace because of the previous arrests.

Pictures of the solidarity action are available here.

Riot Cops raid punk concert and arrest counter-info project in Minsk (Belarus)

14/01/2015 in Prison Society

On January 10, 2015, in the club “Pirates” there was supposed to be a concert of several punk bands including the Italian “Kalashnikov”.

However, on information received from witnesses, this never happened.
Approximately during the middle of the set of the first band, the club was surrounded by police cars and “branded” vans of Riot police without numbers. Front doors were locked, people were banned to leave the building. After that riot police in masks broke into the building. Without explanations they put everyone face to the walls with hands behind the head. This was followed by ID check and control of personal belongings. The whole procedure took around one hour and a half with constant video recording from police. Distro with anarchist and other political literature was of particular interest for them – they were searching for owners of items without any success. However they confiscated all the items from distro including political books, musical CDs and Vinyls. The whole raided as abruptly as it had begun: after checking everyone they left the place without any explanations.

3 detainees reported after this. The concert just ended before it could even begin. Apparently the preparation for the elections of the President of the Republic of Belarus has already begun.

The three people were detained were selling items at the distro table. Initially, all of them were charged with distribution of extremist materials, later one of the detainees was released pending court. Until the trial the other two people were remanded.

On January 12 Minsk court ruled on the three cases of people detained on Saturday at New Year Punk Show. All the three people were charged with minor hooliganism, two of them were additionally charged with distribution of extremist materials. During the court the Judge have found violations in protocols on distribution of extremist materials so the documents were send back to police to fix the violations.

The Hearing started with Judge forbidding friends and comrades to enter the court room. However several people managed to go through and observe the process. All the detainees were accused of swearing at the moment of riot police entrance to the club. They all accepted the charges. The result was not so optimistic: the girl got around 100 euro fine, two guys were sentenced to 10 days in prison. It is still unclear when the hearing on distribution of extremist materials will be held.

One of the detainees reported that he was beaten up in police station.


Interview with Anarchist Black Cross Belarus on the repression, Ukraine and the refugees (A-Radio)

11/01/2015 in Prison Struggle

via anarchist radio berlin:

In the context of the recent acute increase in repression in Belarus, the Anarchist Radio Berlin talked to Anarchist Black Cross Belarus about their work, the situation in the neighbouring country of Ukraine and the situation of refugees in Belarus. For security reasons we transcribed the original interview and re-recorded it ourselves.

You can download the audio at: (wav | mp3 | ogg).

Length: 10:53 min

Other English language audios available here:

Mikalai Dziadok has sentence extended by 1 yr (Belarus)

28/12/2014 in Prison Struggle

via avtonom:

As part of the investigation into the ‘Shangri La’ incidentsMikalai Dziadok underwent a psychiatric forensic examination in prison. Mikalai has been sentenced to 4.5 years of imprisonment within the frames of the so-called ‘case of anarchists’. He was found guilty of malicious hooliganism. On November 20, 3.5 months before his release from jail, a new action against him was taken for severe disobedience to the prison rules. Mikalai Dziadok now faces a new prison term of up to 1 year.

He also has been deprived of a short period of time with his wife, allegedly for having created a disturbance in his cell. It sounds weird, because it was after this conflict that he asked to be moved to a solitary cell, as he didn’t feel safe in the former one.

Another anarchist, Ihar Alinevich, who is also in prison, writes about his friend Mikalai Dziadok:

“There have been a lot of different events but they hardly mean anything in contrast to Mikalai’s circumstances. In fact, although we always keep in our mind that it may happen, it always happens all of a sudden. Mikalai has case-hardened his character so any change of events may knock him down. Unfortunately, as usual it is the relatives who suffer the most in this case. Read the rest of this entry →

A new criminal case started against Mikalai Dziadok (Belarus)

21/11/2014 in Prison Struggle

via ABC Belarus:

On November 20 Mikalai Dziadok was charged with malicious disobedience to the demands of prison administration (art.411). This became known from a state lawyer, who had been called to attend the procedure. The case was started on November 13. In the near future the anarchist will be transferred to the pre-trial detention centre as a defendant.

Before that Dziadok had spent 8 days in a punishment cell, and was transferred to the solitary confinement.

The prisoner should have been set free on March 3, 2015 after 4.5 years in prison. The new case can add a year to his final sentence.

As you know, the presidential elections are to take place in autumn of 2015. Lukashenko does his best to neutralise his political opponents, especially anarchists, who fight against any power and are ready to act radically.

Update on Ihar Alinevich (Belarus)

23/08/2014 in Interviews, Prison Struggle

Via ABC Belarus:

On May 27, 2011, the judge of Minsk’s Zavadski district court Zhanna Khvainitskaya sentenced Ihar Alinevich to 8 years in a medium security correctional facility. He serves his term in correctional facility No. 10 in Navapolatsk, which is famous for its strict rules. Alinevich, Mikalai Dziadok and Aliaksandr Frantskevich were charged with organising a procession near the Ministry of Defence, attacking Shangri La casino and the detention centre in Akrestsin Street as well as setting the doors of a Belarusbank office on fire.

The following is a short interview with Ihar’s mother, Valiantsina Alinevich, concerning his current condition:

How is Ihar?

He is in a new correctional facility, Vitba. He was transferred to the general unit from a quarantine unit in July. He sent a couple of letters and a postcard. He doesn’t write much focusing mostly on daily routine. Of course, the atmosphere and feelings are absolutely different in the new jail in comparison to the Navapolatsk correctional facility, which was situated close to oil refineries. They had emissions almost every day. Workers go home after their shift, but prisoners have to breathe in these poisons. This correctional facility was opened 50 years ago. It is good that it was closed. Read the rest of this entry →