Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Here are some of todays actions:
Barazenka, 20, who was charged in early 2008 over his participation in an unauthorized peaceful demonstration this past January and placed on the police wanted list after he fled prosecution, was arrested following his voluntary appearance at the Minsk city police department on October 27 for questioning.
Thursday, December 4, 2008
On video: the fresh copies of the newspaper are delivered to the headquarters of Nasha Niva in Minsk. Despite of being allowed to go on sale in newsstands, the newspaper is not going to give up on the system of subscription it has developed in the course of the last 3 years, when it was banned from the official distribution system. Who knows what happens in the future...
On photo - volunteers pack "Nasha Niva" into the envelopes, which will be later sent to subscribers via regular mail - until today, it was impossible to subscribe to the newspaper in a usual way, that is why "Nasha Niva" had to come up with such a system of self-distribution.
You can see the AFP's report by clicking here (unfortunately, AFP have do not allow to embed their videos on other websites)
To see the video, click here.
In the second part of the Al-Jazeera report the Belarusian music scene is being scrutinized:
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Similar to other oppositional candidates, Volha Kazulina "lost" the elections.
Monday, September 29, 2008
Indeed, this parliamentary elections campaign seemed to be much more relaxed than any previous one. There have been much less arrests, searches, even lashing out at the opposition in the state-controlled media was somewhat less acute. Still, the votes have been counted the same way as before. You want to see how it is being done? Take a look at this video. It was shot from the observers' point of view. According to Belarusian rules, the observers are not allowed to stand up and approach the table where the votes are counted. As a result, all you see is nice body forms of ladies counting the ballots.
No wonder, the results were quite predictable. Despite of many speculations that Lukashenka may allow some opposition candidates to get a seat in the parliament, not a single opposition politician was elected. On the election night, the October square in Minsk was filled with people. There were not too many of them, but the action was anything but boring.
It looked like a typical rally at first:
Then 2 tents appeared:
However, quite soon the tents were packed up and taken on a march in the direction of Independence square (with all the fires it was quite a sight!):
The marching people made a short stop near the KGB headquarters and then continued their walk to the square, finally reaching the Lenin statue. On the square, loudspeakers played some folk music, whic, combined with the sight of the rally, created qute a grotesque atmosphere.