Jewish organizations of Belarus organize an antifascist committee to fight against the threat of antisemite expansion, reported Belarusian Union of Jewish associations and societies’ vice-president Yakau Basin. The Jewish organizations of Belarus have been repeatedly complaining of the desecration acts against Jewish graves, unimpeded sale of judofobic literature. They are anxious about the closing of the only state’s university where Judaic was taught. Yakau Basin declared that the Belarusian Prosecutor’s Office and KGB do not take pains to fight against neofascist manifestations, skinheads whose activity in Belarus is absolutely open. Mr. Basin considers the state to be tolerant towards skinheads, or even to be their supporter. “The history of the 20th century witnesses that a state’s tolerant attitude towards neonascist trends will eventually lead to inevitable consequences, destructive events in the society and, ultimately, to numerous human sacrifices,” – is said in the address to the Jewish organizations Union quoted by the Svaboda Radio.
President of Lebanon Emile Lahoud is to arrive in Minsk July, 7-8. During the meeting the heads of two states - Aliaxandar Lukashenka and President of Lebanon – are expected to hold a thorough discussion regarding the whole specter of Belarus-Lebanon relations and the most vital questions of the international agenda.
89,3% of Grodna citizens do not support the third presidential term of Aliaxandar Lukashenka’s governing; the number of upholders amounts to 10,7%. These are the results of the alternative public interrogation organized by the United Civil Party (UCP) in the city of Grodna.
Zubr activists Alyaksey Shidlouski, Lubou Kuchinskaya and Syargey Peypelovich who had been detained today for distributing information were released. Later “Zubr” activists Pavel Yuhnevich and Siarhey Barashkau were detained too. Policemen wrote protocol for violation article 172 part 3 of Administrative code (Violation of legislation about media.) Printed production was confiscated. After that they were released.
International free press advocacy group Reporters without Borders has labeled the Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko "enemy of the Internet." The organization`s report titled "Internet under surveillance - 2004", outlining the obstacles to the free flow of information online, says that in Belarus there exists state monopoly for the Internet and online censorship. The report puts Belarus on par with such violators of the freedom of press as Zimbabwe and China.
In the town of Molodechno, Minsk region, the next issue of the newspaper “Nedela V Molodechno” was not released for the reason of the prohibition to publish the edition. The printing-house refused to perform its services after a publication regarding an economical seminar for sole enterprisers and state businesses managers, visited by the Central Bank ex-chief Stanislau Bagdankevitch and the “Strategy” center head Leanid Zaika.
“Republic” group representatives took part in the next sitting of the “Five Plus” People’s coalition. The participants of the meeting discussed the preparation process to the date of July, 21 – the 10th anniversary of Lukashenka’s governing. It was decided to unite mutual efforts. Earlier the People’s coalition planned concentrating on the population’s informing about the results of the Belarusian President 10-years governing, and “Republic” was to set about a large-scale action of July, 21 preparation. At present it is agreed to coordinate their mutual activity in two directions, as the UCP press-centre reports.
A record regarding Yaugen Afnagel, a “ZUBR” activist, was made for the violation of the Administrative Code article #166 (Insubordination to the legitimate demand of a militia authority). It is reported that yesterday five unknown men with the district police officer Aliaxey Skuratovitch burst into the apartment of a “ZUBR” activist Yaugeni Afnagel. Two of them were wearing police uniform, three were dressed in a civil outfit. They captured Afnagel in the entrance of his house, violently took the keys from the flat and entered. The “ZUBR” activist was put in handcuffs.