Around 200 people participate in solidarity action (photos)
About 200 activists gathered on 16 August in the centre of Minsk in order to form a long chain, called “The chain of concerned people”. They were thus paying tribute to the missing Belarusian politicians and public figures, namely Yury Zakharanka, Viktar Hanchar, Anatol Krasouski and Dzmitry Zavadski, who were supposedly abducted and murdered. The participants of the street action were silently holding portraits of the missing oppositionists.
The organizers of the action initially planned to hold a procession followed by a rally. However, it was all forbidden by the authorities. They alleged that the application had been written inappropriately but did not bother to specify any errors.
Nevertheless, the organizers decided to hold the action in spite of the ban. They only changed its format. There was no procession; people were silently standing in a row along the city’s main avenue, holding the photos of missing people.
It has been the biggest action of the opposition over the past few months. There were about 15 activists of the BCD from Minsk, Brest and Smarhon standing in the chain.
“We should not forget about this day. Our duty is not only to remember, but also to make every possible effort to ensure the crimes of today’s regime will be judged and condemned”, declared Vital Rymasheuski, the presidential aspirant from the BCD. He could not participate in this solidarity action because at that time he was having a meeting with BCD activists in the town of Slonim.
Sadly, eight participants of the chain were attacked by riot militiamen after the action had been finished. Youth leaders Yauhen Afnahel and Paval Yukhnevich as well as six other activists were brutally detained and brought to the internal affairs directorate of the Pershamaisky district, where their charge sheets were drawn up.
Press-centre of the Belarusian Christian Democracy