November 8th, 2019

Минск, анархизм, анархия, Беларусь

Dzmitry Paliyenka gets 3 years of “house arrest”

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Dzmitry Paliyenka, former political prisoner and Amnesty International’s prisoner of conscience, has been sentenced to three years of “restricted freedom,” after a highly controversial trial at the Minsk City Court. The sentence will be reduced to 10 months, considering a recent amnesty and the defendant’s stay in pre-trial detention. The activist was released in the courtroom.





Paliyenka was found guilty of using pepper spray against a passer-by during a conflict in March 2019. The court qualified the offense as “especially malicious hooliganism” (Art. 339, Part 3 of the Criminal Code).





The trial was expected to be held behind closed doors. To protest the decision, Dzmitry Paliyenka slashed his arm shortly after being brought to the courtroom. As a result, the judge announced an open trial, while the prosecutor unexpectedly dropped three of the four charges against the activist. Yet, the remaining charge could have resulted in lengthy imprisonment, after the prosecutor requested a 6-year sentence.





The three hearings in the case exposed multiple contradictions between the victim’s testimony and those given by the witnesses during the investigation and in the courtroom. Paliyenka himself and his lawyer insist that the defendant used pepper spray for self-defense.





The activist, who describes himself as an anarchist, will be confined to his apartment. He will also have to undergo compulsory treatment for alcohol abuse.





Source: https://abc-belarus.org/?p=12555&lang=en


Минск, анархизм, анархия, Беларусь

Two anarchists arrested in Belarus for the attack on jail with Molotov Cocktail

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In the night from 19 to 20 October unknown people have thrown Molotov cocktail on territory of the prison. The same night two anarchists Nikita Yemelyanov and Ivan Komar were detained on the streets for this attack. In the rucksack of Nikita police found clothes containing traces of Molotov mixture and GoPro camera. Several days later both are charged with property damage and vandalism with sentenced going from 3 to 10 years.





During the first interrogation Ivan Komarov cooperates with police and gives all the information about the attack claiming that it was done in solidarity with another anarchist. The responsibility is put on the shoulders of Nikita. During the same time Nikita doesn’t admit any guilt for the attack.





Right now both are under arrest before the trial. Charges are mostly based on testimonies from Ivan Komar. Taking in account his cooperation Anarchist Black Cross Belarus have decided to support only Nikita Yemelyanov in this case.





We are calling for solidarity actions and donations to support the anarchist struggle in our country! Send your reports of solidarity actions to belarus_abc@riseup.net. To figure out the way to transfer money you can check our page on donation (we accept paypal, bitcoin, credit cards). If you would like to do direct bank transaction – write us an email and we will give you the details.





Source: https://abc-belarus.org/?p=12561&lang=en


Минск, анархизм, анархия, Беларусь

Two anarchists arrested in Belarus for the attack on jail with Molotov Cocktail

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In the night from 19 to 20 October unknown people have thrown Molotov
cocktail on territory of the prison. The same night two anarchists
Nikita Yemelyanov and Ivan Komar were detained on the streets for this
attack. In the rucksack of Nikita police found clothes containing traces
of Molotov mixture and GoPro camera. Several days later both are
charged with property damage and vandalism with sentenced going from 3
to 10 years.





During the first interrogation Ivan Komarov cooperates with police
and gives all the information about the attack claiming that it was done
in solidarity with another anarchist. The responsibility is put on the
shoulders of Nikita. During the same time Nikita doesn’t admit any guilt
for the attack.





Right now both are under arrest before the trial. Charges are mostly
based on testimonies from Ivan Komar. Taking in account his cooperation
Anarchist Black Cross Belarus have decided to support only Nikita
Yemelyanov in this case.





We are calling for solidarity actions and donations to support the
anarchist struggle in our country! Send your reports of solidarity
actions to belarus_abc@riseup.net. To figure out the way to transfer
money you can check our page on donation (we accept paypal, bitcoin,
credit cards) – https://abc-belarus.org/?page_id=8661&lang=en. If
you would like to do direct bank transaction – write us an email and we
will give you the details.





Anarchist Black Cross Belarus