Four people arrested after solidarity actions with arestees of New Year Punk Gig in Minsk

On January 20-21 four activists were arrested in Minsk after solidarity actions with people previously arrested at New Year Punk Party in Minsk. One person was captured by the police at the prison gates, when people came to meet their comrades, who were supposed to be released after 10 days of arrest 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 about one person who got 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. Only in January all in all seven people were arrested six of which 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.

Results of monday trials after New Year Punk Gig

1302276884On January 12 in Minsk court have ruled on 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.

Riot cops raid punk concert in Minsk

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

Minsk courts convict attendees of benefit concert

Today, Minsk Tsentralny District Court has considered the administrative charges brought against the teenagers arrested during the “Food Not Bombs” benefit concert held in the city’s MTZ Palace of Culture on 24 March.

All of them faced charges under Art. 17.1 of the Administrative Code (“disorderly conduct”):

Aliaksandr Yarashevich – BYR 105,000 fine;

Mikita Ulasenka – BYR 175,000 fine;

Yauhen Ulasenka – BYR 140,000 fine;

Yauhen Rubashka – BYR 175,000 fine;

Uladzimir Dzmitrakou – BYR 175,000 fine;

Pavel Dziarkach – BYR 140,000 fine;

Pavel Hrynevich – 2 days of arrest;

Zmitser Kharlanchuk – 2 days of arrest;

Pavel Belanau – 2 days of arrest;

Andrei Stsiapanau – 2 days of arrest;

Aliaksandr Pedash – 2 days of arrest;

Dzmitry Hurau – BYR 70,000 fine;

Alena Dubovik – 3 days of arrest.

Ihar Trukhanovich was badly beaten during the arrest and is still in hospital.
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100 detained in benefit concert over drug suspicion

Around a hundred people have been reportedly detained during a concert in support of the “Food Not Bombs” international campaign held in Minsk MTZ Palace of Culture this evening.

The detainees were taken to various police departments. As of 10 p.m., all the women except one (Alena Dubovik is said to be facing administrative charges, and was therefore taken to a detention center) were released without charges.

The incident reportedly dealt with drug suspicion. The detentions were accompanied with police-related violence, reports say. One of the detainees Ihar Trukhanovich was beaten by the police and was later taken to hospital in an ambulance.

The names of those taken to Minsk detention center in Akrestsin Street: Mikita Ulasenka, Yauhen Ulasenka, Yauhen Rubashka, Uladzimir Dzmitrakou, Pavel Dziarkach, Pavel Hrynevich, Dzmitry Kharlanchuk, Pavel Belanau, as well as journalist of Radio Racyja Aliaksandr Yarashevich.

“Food, Not Bombs” is an all-volunteer global movement that shares free vegan meals as a protest to war and poverty.

The campaign’s activists have encountered constant pressure from the authorities of Belarus. The country’s Interior Ministry and the KGB have repeatedly stopped the serving of free food to the homeless of Minsk and Brest.
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