Minsk: Another activist arrested over ‘armed militants’ case

Raman Vasilyeu, a member of the Belarusian opposition, has been arrested on Thursday.

According to his wife Kasya Vasilyeva, plainclothes policemen also had a search warrant.

The man is likely to be charged with ‘preparing or organising mass riots’.

Brutal arrests for unknown reasons began after Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s statement that gunmen with weapons who were preparing a provocation had been detained in Belarus. A few hours after the announcement of the KGB workers ‘found’ fighters in the ranks of civil activists. About 20 arrestees, including Young Front leader Zmitser Dashkevich, bookseller Ales Yaudakha, publisher Miraslau Lazouski, are being kept in the KGB prison and temporary detention facilities.

In February-March, there has been an eruption of protesting the so-called ‘parasite’ law in Belarus. About 200 Belarusians have been detained, fined, jailed after recent non-parasite marches.  Last week, trials of participants were held in Minsk, Hrodna and Mahiliou. Most of them were accused of violating the order of holding mass events and disobedience to police officers’ demands. It should be noted that plainclothes policemen who refuse to show their IDs a or introduce themselves often beat people and prevented journalists from performing their professional duties.


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