The Foreign Minisrty of Belarus denied accreditation to a journalist of a Polish newspaper “Gazeta Wyborcza” Waclaw Radziwinowicz. As the Charter’97 press center was informed by Waclaw Radziwinowicz himself, the Belarusian Embassy in Warsaw told him that he is a “prejudiced” journalist, and because of that he would not be allowed to work in Belarus.
The court of Leninski district of Babrujsk declared an activist of the Belarusian Popular Front Party Maxim Bujnitski not guilty. Yesterday the activist was detained in front of the city executive committee during a protest. As we have informed, the deputy of the city council Ales Chyhir chained himself to a lamppost, protesting against firing him from work for oppositional activities.
As the press service of the leader of the united democratic forces of Belarus has found out, a filming crew of the state TV channel has visited Bershty, Shchuchyn region, a native village of Alyaksandr Milinkevich.
On September 1 students and their teachers of the National State Humanities Lyceum Yakub Kolas, closed by the regime in spring of 2003, marked the beginning of the new school year in front of their former building in Kirov Street, 21 in Minsk.
Activists of youth organizations have put up a construction reminding gallows in the center of Minsk, on Yakub Kolas Square. One of the activists, with clothes of an executioner, put a huge textbook on it. It is written “Belarusian language” on one side of it, and “Belarusian history, 10th form” on the other. In this way Belarusian young people react to the new rules of teaching Belarusian history in Russian for schoolchildren. Policemen arrived to the square when participanst of the flash-mob left, leaving all stage-property to policemen.
Last year Belarusian-language schools made only 15 per cent of all schools of general education in Belarus. Except that the issue of cancelling studies of Belarusian language in universities was discussed. And in August this year it was announced that the history of Belarus would be taught in Russian. On September 1, on the Day of Knowledge, a youth project “We will study in Belarusian!” was launched.
The news that the history of Belarus has been translated into Russian emerged in the beginning of August. But then Education Minisrty stated that the subject would be taught in Russian for those who would express such wish. But in many schools of Minsk “Russian” textbooks have been received by all pupils of Russian-language schools.
Activists of youth organizations have put up a construction reminding gallows in the center of Minsk, on Yakub Kolas Square. One of the activists, with clothes of an executioner, put a huge textbook on it. It is written “Belarusian language” on one side of it, and “Belarusian history, 10th form” on the other. In this way Belarusian young people react to the new rules of teaching Belarusian history in Russian for schoolchildren.
Journalists managed to keep a few pictures from the rally held in Babrujsk yesterday, when a deputy of the city council Ales Chyhir chained himself to a lamppost, protesting against firing him from work. Yesterday 9 journalists were detained together with him. Policemen erased almost pictures of the protest.
A deputy of Babrujsk city council Ales Chyhir was released yesterday from a police department without a report being drawn up against him. It is connected to the fact that the city prosecutor refused to issue a sanction for an administrative arrest of Chyhir, as he is a deputy of the city council. However, today the trial over another participant of yesterday’s protests, an activist of the Young Front Maxim Bujnitski.
The trial over young activists from Belarus Syarhei Ivaniukovich in the court of Basmanny district of Moscow has been adjourned side die. As the European Rdio was informed by a lawyer Stanislav Mrkelov, the reason for postponing the court session is the same – the translator from Belarusian to Russian had not been found.
The first and the only uncensored radio station in Belarus had been existing for one year, one month and 10 days, from July 21, 1995 to August 31, 1996. The news about its closure was unexpected; it arrived only a day before. No phone calls or official letters preceded, Radio Svaboda informs. A fax was received telling that since September 1 the work of the wave 101.2 in FM-range would be suspended for some time for technical reasons. The transmitter in the center of Minsk, in Kamunistychnaya Street, was allegedly interfering with government’s communications. And broadcasting would be renewed when a new transmitterwould be constructed in another place.