Action of solidarity with Ales Bialiatski and political prisoners in Zhodzina

August 4, 2012

Zhodzina human rights defenders Aliaksei and Sviatlana Lapitskis and Aleh Leushyk made a bicycle rally along the busiest streets of the city wearing T-shirts “Freedom to Bialiatski!”

Other citizens of Zhodzina went out to streets wearing such T-shirts, too, in order to mark the international solidarity day with the civil society of Belarus.

According to Aliaksei Lapitski, they expressed their solidarity with political prisoners in such a way because the authorities prohibit any other kinds of activities. “However, no one can prohibit us to walk in the city, ride bicycles, rest with children and friends and, for instance, take photos. A year has turned since the imprisonment of Ales Bialiatski today, that’s why we decided to ride and walk along the central streets of the city and express solidarity with human rights defenders and other political prisoners,” said Aliaksei Lapitski.

“If you don’t ask the authorities for a permission you don’t have to receive any groundless and completely predictable bans,” added Sviatlana Lapitskaya.

Bear in mind that the Zhodzina City Executive Committee refused to authorize the picket in support of Ales Bialiatski and other political prisoners the human rights defenders intended to hold on 4 August. The ban was appealed to the Zhodzina City Court.

On 4 August police patrols guarded the place of the picket, the stage at the entrance of the City Culture and Leisure Park at the time which was specified in the application, informs licviny.info.
. At about 7.10 p.m. two youngsters wearing T-shirts “Freedom to Ales Bialiatski!” were detained by police at the crossing of Mir Avenue and 50 God Kastrychnika Street and guarded to Zhodzina District Police Department.

The detainees, Siarhei Khamitsinin and Andrei Zubra, immediately phoned to Aliaksei Lapitski and told him about their arrest. They were released at 7.20 p.m. after identification and a short “prophylactic talk” about the inadmissibility of participation in unauthorized mass events.

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