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(en) abc-belarus: It's been almost 11 months since the beginning of the protests in, Belarus caused by falsified elections.

Date Sun, 11 Jul 2021 09:06:17 +0300


A lot of our comrades have been put behind bars, many had to flee the country, public activity is hampered not only for anarchists, but for all dissident associations and groups. Below you will see a short update on the situation with the repressions in Belarus with a focus on anarchists and antifascists. We will try to release these updates at the end of each month. ---- Repression against anarchists and antifascists ---- Aliaksandr Frantskevich was accused of another crime - inciting hatred or enmity. This is the fifth article of the criminal code he is charged with. Previous charges include organising, participating and training others for mass riots and participation in an international criminal organisation.

*ABC-Belarus provides limited critical support to Frantskevich. See more here

Antifascists Vladislav Zenevich and Igor Bancer have been moved to an open-type correctional facility to serve their sentence. See their new addresses on their personal pages.

Antifascist Andrei Kasimirov who is kept in a detention facility in
Moscow awaiting extradition was recognised as a political prisoner in
Russia. His extradition decision is being appealed.

The Telegram channel and group or Pramen media collective are now
officially extremist. A few years ago their website www.pramen.io and
other social media were blocked in Belarus, but people can access them
via VPN or Tor. They recently translated a brochure with an analysis of
protest in 2020.

Four people were detained for 10 days in Grodno and brought to Minsk on
suspicion of their participation in an international anarchist criminal
organisation. They were later released with travel restrictions.

Four Minsk antifascists were convicted on July 2. They were accused of
participating in mass riots and attacking plain-clothed police.

Three of them reported that violence and torture was used on them to
extort confessions. Vitaly Shishlov and Denis Boltut got 6 years or
imprisonment, Timur Pipiya - 6 years and 3 months, Tamaz Pipiya - 5
years of prison.

The trial of anarchist blogger Mikola Dziadok started on June 29. He is
accused of gross violation of public order, calls to the change of the
regime via internet and possession of Molotov cocktails (he claims they
were planted during the search). In a hearing, Mikola gave a detailed
account of the torture and violence that were used on him during
detention to extort passwords to encrypted devices.

Activists that moved to Poland in fear of repression reported that local
political police visited them and warned that the Belarusian KGB shared
their personal information with Polish right-wingers. The visitors
offered "protection" and asked to report of any activity of anarchists
and antifascists in Poland. The activists refused and made the
information public.

ABC-Belarus supports anarchists and antifascists who suffer from the
persecution. You can donate using transfer details on this page
https://abc-belarus.org/?page_id=8661&lang=en

Repression in general

Our list of incarcerated and persecuted protesters amounts to 900
people. International reaction to Lukashenko hijacking a Ryanair
airplane to arrest a wanted journalist and his partner followed in the
form of sanctions and flight ban to an from Belarus. For the moment,
flying out of the country is next to impossible. Due to coronavirus
restrictions, Belarusians are not allowed to leave the country by land
(with the exception of a number of reasons like work, study, illness,
etc.). Now good transport connections are open only with Russia.

Torture is reported to be used in temporary detention centres where
administratively arrested are held - people don't receive any sheets or
mattresses, are deprived of sleep and poisoned with chlorine that is put
on the floor. They don't receive any food parcels from the outside.

People who are sent to serve their sentence report bad treatment and
punishments. Lawyers can't get to see their clients for weeks, relatives
are worried. When convicts try to appeal, their sentences sometime
become harsher.

At the same time, after the sanctions were imposed, Lukashenko started
playing the same game as usual, offering some political prisoners to
write a petition for pardon. Raman Pratasevish and Sofia Sapega whose
arrest caused the fuss were transferred to house arrest, but the KGB
agents stay with them in a rented flat.

New amendments to the Criminal Code were passed that changed the rules
of counting days in pre-trial detention in the prison term. Now one day
in a pre-trial detention counts as 1.5 days of imprisonment in a
penitentiary and 2 days in an open-type correctional facility.

125 people were convicted on political charges in June alone.

What happens with the protest?

In general, most people are now afraid to go on street protests, so
mostly the activity is limited to smaller symbolic actions in the
neighbourhoods. At the same time, a lot of work is dedicated to
international pressure on the regime, like cancelling sports events,
banning Belarus from the Eurovision, putting pressure on businesses to
not cooperate with the regime. Special teams are working on
collaboration with state workers from different institutions who desire
change, or trying to unite all workers and have them prepared for a
national strike.

The opposition announced a Plan of Victory that involves people who
don't support the regime to register as protesters ready to act and
provide the details about their occupation, etc. The initiators hope to
get a pool of people from all spheres of life to later form
affinity-groups from them based on common workplaces or skills.

https://abc-belarus.org/?p=14181&lang=en
It's been almost 11 months since the beginning of the protests in
Belarus caused by falsified elections. A lot of our comrades have been
put behind bars, many had to flee the country, public activity is
hampered not only for anarchists, but for all dissident associations and
groups. Below you will see a short update on the situation with the
repressions in Belarus with a focus on anarchists and antifascists. We
will try to release these updates at the end of each month.

Repression against anarchists and antifascists

Aliaksandr Frantskevich was accused of another crime - inciting hatred
or enmity. This is the fifth article of the criminal code he is charged
with. Previous charges include organising, participating and training
others for mass riots and participation in an international criminal
organisation.

*ABC-Belarus provides limited critical support to Frantskevich. See more
here

Antifascists Vladislav Zenevich and Igor Bancer have been moved to an
open-type correctional facility to serve their sentence. See their new
addresses on their personal pages.

Antifascist Andrei Kasimirov who is kept in a detention facility in
Moscow awaiting extradition was recognised as a political prisoner in
Russia. His extradition decision is being appealed.

The Telegram channel and group or Pramen media collective are now
officially extremist. A few years ago their website www.pramen.io and
other social media were blocked in Belarus, but people can access them
via VPN or Tor. They recently translated a brochure with an analysis of
protest in 2020.

Four people were detained for 10 days in Grodno and brought to Minsk on
suspicion of their participation in an international anarchist criminal
organisation. They were later released with travel restrictions.

Four Minsk antifascists were convicted on July 2. They were accused of
participating in mass riots and attacking plain-clothed police.

Three of them reported that violence and torture was used on them to
extort confessions. Vitaly Shishlov and Denis Boltut got 6 years or
imprisonment, Timur Pipiya - 6 years and 3 months, Tamaz Pipiya - 5
years of prison.

The trial of anarchist blogger Mikola Dziadok started on June 29. He is
accused of gross violation of public order, calls to the change of the
regime via internet and possession of Molotov cocktails (he claims they
were planted during the search). In a hearing, Mikola gave a detailed
account of the torture and violence that were used on him during
detention to extort passwords to encrypted devices.

Activists that moved to Poland in fear of repression reported that local
political police visited them and warned that the Belarusian KGB shared
their personal information with Polish right-wingers. The visitors
offered "protection" and asked to report of any activity of anarchists
and antifascists in Poland. The activists refused and made the
information public.

ABC-Belarus supports anarchists and antifascists who suffer from the
persecution. You can donate using transfer details on this page
https://abc-belarus.org/?page_id=8661&lang=en

Repression in general

Our list of incarcerated and persecuted protesters amounts to 900
people. International reaction to Lukashenko hijacking a Ryanair
airplane to arrest a wanted journalist and his partner followed in the
form of sanctions and flight ban to an from Belarus. For the moment,
flying out of the country is next to impossible. Due to coronavirus
restrictions, Belarusians are not allowed to leave the country by land
(with the exception of a number of reasons like work, study, illness,
etc.). Now good transport connections are open only with Russia.

Torture is reported to be used in temporary detention centres where
administratively arrested are held - people don't receive any sheets or
mattresses, are deprived of sleep and poisoned with chlorine that is put
on the floor. They don't receive any food parcels from the outside.

People who are sent to serve their sentence report bad treatment and
punishments. Lawyers can't get to see their clients for weeks, relatives
are worried. When convicts try to appeal, their sentences sometime
become harsher.

At the same time, after the sanctions were imposed, Lukashenko started
playing the same game as usual, offering some political prisoners to
write a petition for pardon. Raman Pratasevish and Sofia Sapega whose
arrest caused the fuss were transferred to house arrest, but the KGB
agents stay with them in a rented flat.

New amendments to the Criminal Code were passed that changed the rules
of counting days in pre-trial detention in the prison term. Now one day
in a pre-trial detention counts as 1.5 days of imprisonment in a
penitentiary and 2 days in an open-type correctional facility.

125 people were convicted on political charges in June alone.

What happens with the protest?

In general, most people are now afraid to go on street protests, so
mostly the activity is limited to smaller symbolic actions in the
neighbourhoods. At the same time, a lot of work is dedicated to
international pressure on the regime, like cancelling sports events,
banning Belarus from the Eurovision, putting pressure on businesses to
not cooperate with the regime. Special teams are working on
collaboration with state workers from different institutions who desire
change, or trying to unite all workers and have them prepared for a
national strike.

The opposition announced a Plan of Victory that involves people who
don't support the regime to register as protesters ready to act and
provide the details about their occupation, etc. The initiators hope to
get a pool of people from all spheres of life to later form
affinity-groups from them based on common workplaces or skills.

https://abc-belarus.org/?p=14181&lang=en
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