Appel de l'A.B.C. !
Nouvel appel international de l'ABC en soutien aux anarchistes
Bièlorusses... A faire suivre.
It's been 7 months now since the "case of arsons" was started in Belarus.
All this time our friends and comrades have been held behind the bars.
Having started with random detentions of activists of radially different
political views in September last year, the case is finally coming to an
end - it is being brought to trial.
At the moment 7 people targeted in the investigation of "the anarchists'
case" are staying under arrest. Mikalai Dziadok is charged with *the
organisation of an illegal anti-militarist demonstration in September 2009
against a mutual Russian-Belarusian war exercise, when a Joint Staff was
attacked with a smoke grenade; *the attack on a Minsk casino in December
2009 as a protest against growing social inequality; *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 organising strikes. Mikalai can face 10
years of imprisonment.
Ihar Alinevich is charged with *the attack on the Russian embassy in
September 2010 as a solidarity action with Khimki arrestees; *the
organisation of the illegal anti-militarist demonstration; *the attack on
a Minsk casino; *the attack on a branch of Belarusbank on Mayday as a
protest against the financial system of the world; *the attack on the
detention centre in September 2010 with the demand to set free all the
detainees. Ihar can be sentenced to a 12-year imprisonment.
Aliaksandr Frantskevich is incriminated with *the participation in the
illegal anti-militarist demonstration; *the attack on a police station in
Soligorsk during the days of common action against the police; *the hacker
attack on the Novopolotsk municipal web-page. Aliaksandr is threatened
with 10 years of imprisonment.
As for the case of the attack on the KGB headquarters in Bobruisk in
October 2010 as a solidarity action with the arrested in September, now
Jauhen Vas'kovich, Artsiom Prakapenka and Pavel Syramolatau are targeted
in the investigation. All of them can be sentenced to a 12-year
It should be pointed out that initially all the detained were charged with
only one of the episodes according to the art. 339.2 (Hooliganism),
contemplating up to 6 years of jail. In the course of investigation more
episodes have been added for each of the accused and the article has been
changed into 218.2(3) - intentional destruction of property with the
sentence of 12 years of imprisonment. Moreover, all the evidence of the
accusation is based on the testimonies of two "witnesses" who had actually
taken part in the actions themselves but never got accused of the crime.
During the investigation more than 50 people were interrogated, 14 people
spent 3 to 9 days in detention facilities. All these people claimed harsh
psychological and in some cases even physical pressure in the course of
At the moment most of the accused are on the final stage of
familiarisation with materials of case. It is highly probable that the
court hearings are to start at the end of April - beginning of May.
That's why we call all concerned people to make protest actions on 12.05 -
15.05 against unfair accusations and solidarity actions with the
Belarusian anarchists. We welcome solidarity actions of ANY kind as well
as other actions aimed at spreading information about the situation with
political repression in Belarus and involving local human rights advocates
in bringing up the problem about prosecutions in Belarus.
Anarchist Black Cross Belarus