Yesterday, 4 August, marked the second anniversary of the arrest of Ales Bialiatski.
Solidarity actions were held all over Belarus. Round tables, pickets and public discussions on the occasion of the International Day of Solidarity with the Civil Society and Human Rights Movement of Belarus, were held abroad – in Kyiv, Vilnius, Moscow and other cities.
On 5 August an action of solidarity with Ales Bialiatski was held by Minsk human rights defenders. They handed out postcards with his portrait near the department store “TsUM”.
At 12.20 a.m. the police detained human rights defenders Uladz Labkovich and Tatsiana Reviaka and guarded them to the Savetski District Police Department. The detainees were given charges under Article 23.34 of the Code of Administrative Violations, “violation of the order of organizing and holding mass events”. Their mobile phones were taken away.
At 4 p.m. Uladzimir Labkovich and Tatsiana Reviaka were taken to the Savetski District Court of Minsk.
Reviaka’s case was tried by Judge Maryna Fiodarava, Labkovich’s – by Dzmitry Pauliuchenka. In both cases the judges discovered some defects in the violation reports and ruled that they were to be returned to the police for correction.
The trials ended at about 5 p.m., after which the human rights defenders were released from custody. According to the law, the police have one month to correct the defects in the violation reports.