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Belarus Courts Jail, Fine ‘Silent’ Protesters – Protests Plan For Wednesdays

Posted by Info on 02/07/2011

Police detained more than 150 people on June 29 after forcibly breaking up a protest against the regime of Alyaksandr Lukashenka.
Courts have been passing sentences on some of the more than 150 people detained during those demonstrations.

In Minsk five activists were given jail terms between 10 and 15 days on charges of petty hooliganism. In the town of Salihorsk, four activists — including a father and his two sons — were given jail terms of seven to 15 days. About a dozen other activists were handed stiff fines. Additional trials are scheduled for next week.

The Internet-driven demonstration featured no speeches or slogans; instead, some 1,000 demonstrators walked slowly through city streets and signaled their discontent by clapping their hands as sympathizers in passing cars honked their horns. Police were out in force in response.

It was the fifth straight week of demonstrations, and protest organizers have called for similar peaceful demonstrations against the authoritarian government of Lukashenka for every Wednesday evening. A major rally is also expected on July 3, Belarusian Independence Day.

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