An oppositional deputy at the Supreme Council of the 12th convocation, a member of the Belarusian Popular Front Party (BNF) Barys Gyunter died in Minsk in the age of 70.
Barys Gyunter was born on September 2, 1943. He was elected to the Supreme Soviet of the 12th convocation from Homel Selmash constituency. From the first day of formation of the oppositional Belarusian Popular Front he was its active member. He was a member of the shadow Cabinet of the BNF Opposition, Radio Svaboda informs.
He also was a Secretary of the Supreme Council on Labour, Prices and Social protection of the population. He was a member of the Interim Commission of the Supreme Soviet on Evaluation of activities of officials related to the rectification of the consequences of the accident at the Chernobyl atomic power station.
In January 1991 as a member of the BPF opposition’s delegation visited Vilnius, while Soviet troops entered the city with the aim to suppress the intention of Lithuanians to gain Independence. He was awarded the medal of the Lithuanian Republic “Memory of January 13”.
Barys Gyunter was one of the authors of the package of documents which formed the backbone of the decisions passed on August 25, 1991 to proclaim independence of Belarus.
He was a participant of the hunger strike of deputies on April 11-12, 1995 in the Oval Hall, announced as a protest against the referendum initiated by Lukashenka on liquidation of the status of the Belarusian language as the single state language, liquidation the state symbols “Pahonya” and the white-red-white flag, economic integration with Russia and the right of the president to disband the Parliament.
After he served the full term as a deputy, he worked in “Viasna” human rights centre.
Photo by Tatsyana Zyankovich, BelaPAN