2009 08/02

Сустрэча кветкамі. Сябры.‘God never shuts one door but he opens another.’

On 7 February Zmitser Khvedaruk, member of the Young Front unregistered youth organization, officially joined the army in military unit #18662 in Zhodzina. The activist was drafted to the army despite the fact he is a full-time student of the Christian College. He had also been previously prosecuted for membership in an unregistered organization – Article 193-1 of the Belarusian Criminal Code. Thus the state showed that it is the authorities not the Constitution that rules in the country.
Dozens people came to support Zmitser Khvedaruk during the ceremony. One of them, human rights activist Aliaksei Lapitski was not allowed to enter the military unit. It was not until he produced his Belarusian Helsinki Committee ID that the police let him in. The ceremony was visited by Deputy Minister of Defense General Balihatau. There were hundreds of policemen and plainclothes KGB officers.

See also photo spread #1 and #2 by Aliaksei Lapitski.

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