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category international | politics / elections | news report author Saturday March 25, 2006 17:41author by Padraic - 1 of Indymedia Ireland Editorial Group Report this post to the editors

Anarchists and Indymedia activists have made calls for solidarity with the anti-Lukashenko protesters in Minsk. Demonstrators were cleared form October Square on Friday March 24th but are back on the streets today
Tents in October square.
Tents in October square.

According to Belarussian indymedia activists in Minsk, last night (24 March, 2006) at 3:30 AM, OMON moved to destroy the tent camp that had been put up in the city center to protest fraud in the Belarussian elections. 30-40 tents were trashed and around 500 people arrested. Among the destroyed tents was a Belarussian Indymedia tent, and among the arrested there were many radical activists, such as members of the anarcho-punk band Deviation and editors of the banned satirical anarchist paper Navinki. Those arrested were heavily brutalized. As all the police stations in the city are full, the people arrested in the October Square were taken to unknown destinations outside the city limits, one of them said to be the town of Zhodino. Their exact location, condition and charges pressed against them are currently unknown. Indymedia activists estimate that several thousand people have been detained during the last 10 days throughout Belarus.

Friends and families of those arrested have gathered outside the prisons and jails, and there have been some attempts at stopping prisoners being transferred outside Minsk. Initial reports suggest that those arrested have been beaten, threatened and not allowed to make phone calls. There are also unverified reports that some of those processed through the courts have recieved sentences of between 10 and 15 days.

Political repression in Belarus is common and institutionalised. In December 2005 Lukashenko brought a number of new repressive measures through the puppet House of Representitives. They include the new crime entitled “Discredit of the Republic of Belarus”.

Independent media is not tolerated by the authorities. In September 2004 new rules were brought in for "arts groups... bands, dance groups and things like that. Under the new rules they must go to the cultural committee and after representing their case they must hope to get a special licence that allows them to play in public". Under these conditions political actions are often "cultural projects with veiled meaning". Indymedia Belarus holds public meetings and advertise them on their website but sometimes have to cancel them due to security considerations.

For some back ground see this link for an interview with the editors of the aforementioned Navinki newspaper. This link is an interview with Belarussian anarchafeminists -
Some video footage of the protests is available here.

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Anarchists on the demo.
Anarchists on the demo.

The police cleared protesters from October Square.
The police cleared protesters from October Square.

A range of flags.
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 #   Title   Author   Date 
   The demos today.     Padraic    Sat Mar 25, 2006 18:04 
   More links and news.     Padraic    Sat Mar 25, 2006 18:23 
   Down with US/Eu AND Russian Imperialism     Socialist    Sat Mar 25, 2006 18:32 
   Where does it say...     hs    Sat Mar 25, 2006 18:37 
   thank you IMC ireland editors for that hasty and well put together response :-)     iosaf    Sun Mar 26, 2006 00:30 
   translators may do their thing through IMC global     -    Sun Mar 26, 2006 00:42 
   they have one "debated" dead.     ipsiphi    Sun Mar 26, 2006 01:30 
   now a wee bit of balance ( as is usual )     iosaf    Sun Mar 26, 2006 04:28 
   Rumours of Tanks outside of Minsk.     babysitter    Sun Mar 26, 2006 07:30 
 10   Middle-class CIA Protest     anarchostalinist    Sun Mar 26, 2006 09:20 
 11   quite well, it says "don't panic" on the screen.     iosaf    Sun Mar 26, 2006 15:30 
 12   ooops forget to add     -    Sun Mar 26, 2006 15:33 
 13   tea time updates on the "macro-political front"     iosaf    Sun Mar 26, 2006 21:00 
 14   Down with all imperialism     Socialist    Sun Mar 26, 2006 21:02 
 15   Your What?     SFM    Sun Mar 26, 2006 22:55 
 16   before denouncing any indymedia collective as a cia stooge let's first denounce our own saormheáin.     ((( iosaf = O' as if )))    Sun Mar 26, 2006 23:33 
 17   Damn seesaws     gottaclue    Mon Mar 27, 2006 09:23 
 18   Protesters     eamon    Mon Mar 27, 2006 11:25 
 19   the Minsk prisoners are going to trial today (& thought on ukraine since it seems linked)     iosaf    Mon Mar 27, 2006 15:17 
 20   just a quick comment     me    Tue Mar 28, 2006 03:23 
 21   oh and....     me    Tue Mar 28, 2006 03:36 
 22   update on prison terms.     iosaf    Tue Mar 28, 2006 12:50 
 23   SFM     Cynic    Tue Mar 28, 2006 12:58 
 24   solidarity actions     iosaf    Wed Mar 29, 2006 23:48 
 25   Alexander Milinkevich, an opposition leader has been arrested     iosaf    Thu Apr 27, 2006 12:33 
 26   at last the Belarussians have smashed the Polish spy ring!     BBC    Mon Jul 16, 2007 20:42 

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