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Short update of the recent repressions against anarchists in Belarus

(source: http://avtonom.org/en/node/14931)

As of right now four Belarussian anarchists are under arrest, accused of
having organised a series of direct actions 2009-2010.

Everything started long before this past September(2010). The years
2009-2010
were rich in radical actions claimed by Belarusian anarchists. Such as:

*an illegal anti-militarist demonstration in Septeber 2009 against a
mutual
Russian-Belarusian war exercise,  when a Joint Staff was attacked with
a smoke
grenade.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5iQ3kz0hVDM

* an attack on a Minsk casino using paint bulbs and flares in protest of
the relocation of most Russian casinos to Belarus after the law banning
casinos in Russia was passed.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXKjrVVAHXw

* an attack on a police station in Soligorsk during the days of common
action against the police (windows were broken and a flare was thrown
inside)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jT27oiSwCY0

* an attack on the Headquarters of the Trade Union Federation on the 1st
May
with the statement that the state and this formal organisation uses
workers
in its interests, and doesn’t defend their rights, often preventing
workers
from cooperating with each other and organizing strikes.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLNyIpJYz7Q&feature=player_embedded

* an attack on a branch of Belarusbank as a protest against the financial
system in the world (molotov-cocktails)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FT7f1hro9jc&feature=player_embedded

and finally

* an attack on the Russian embassy in Minsk as a solidarity action with
Khimki arrestees on the 30th August 2010  where a car belonging to the
embassy was burnt.

This was the last drop for the regime as the attack was carried out in
a period of harsh antagonism between the leaders of Russia and
Belarus. Before the action was claimed by anarchists each country had
already blamed the other one for having maneuvered the provocation.

On August 3rd 8 people in 3 different flats were detained and 7 of them
were put in a detention center for 9 days. During this period another
radical action took place

* an attack on the detention center with the statement to set free all
detainees. The attackers set fire to a door of the detention centre.
Later the video is removed from youtube.

After 9 days 5 of the 7 people are set free, but other people are
detained in the meantime. One of them, Aliaksandr Frantskevich, is
accused of
the attack on the police station in Soligorsk. He admits that he was
filming the event. The other guy, Mikalaj Dziadok, is kept in the
detention facility for different reasons till September 24, when he is
accused of organising last year’s anti-militarist action. In the
meantime they also find witnesses who claim that he also organised an
attack on the casino and the House of Trade Unions. All episodes
mentioned above are now united under one case. Mikalaj denies his guilt.

* In October the KGB quarters in Bobrujsk are attacked with molotov
cocktails.

They take a guy who lives in the neighbourhood, Sergej Sliusar, and
keep him for 10 days without accusations. (He had also been detained for 9
days in September)

On the 4th of November Maxim Vetkin is arrested and accused of an attack
on the
Russian embassy and on Belarusbank. He admits his guilt and says that he
was participating also in the attack on the bank. He is also giving
testimony against other people, so we have withdrawn support from him.

On the 17th of November Denis Bystrik is detained, where he is told that
Maxim
gave testimony that he was filming the action at the Russian embassy. He
admits his fault but is set free without accusations so that he can
contact one of the other suspects, Ihar Alinevich, and have him
detained, but eventually the plot is not successful.

On the 29th of November Ihar Alinevich is detained in Moscow, when
trying to
meet his comrade Anton Laptenok (one of those detained on September
3rd). He
is accused of an attack on the Russian embassy and is held in the KGB
remand prison. Ihar admits that he was participating in the anti-
militarist
action, but doesn’t consider it a criminal act. He denies all other
accusations.

On the 17th of January Jauhen Vasilevich, a journalist from the
newspaper “Bobruiski courier,” a nationalist democrat without
connections to the anarchist movement, is detained and accused of the
attack on the KGB headquarters in Bobruisk.

The period of investigation for all of the arrested is prolonged till April
12th.

All of them may face up to 6 years of imprisonment. The case with the
bank could mean up to 10 years. It appears that they are also accused
of “intentional destruction of property committed by an organised group
(7-12 years of imprisonment).” According to the law, in such a case,
the organiser gets no less than 3/4 of
the maximum sentence.

Addresses of prisoners for support:
Mikalaj Dziadok, Tyurma SIZO-1, ul. Volodarskogo 2, 220050 Minsk,
Belarus (New address!!)

Aliaksandr Frantskevich, k. 46 SIZO-1, ul. Volodarskogo 2, 220050 Minsk,
Belarus

Ihar Alinevich, c/o P.O. Box 8, Glavpochtampt, 220050 Minsk, Belarus

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