Hunger Strike of Solidarity. 9th Day

At this moment 29 people participate in the hunger strike.

6 members of the \Young Front\ Nasta Palazhanka, Arcem Dubski, Jauhen Skrabec, Iryna Gubskaja, Mikola Dzimidzenka and Kasya Salavieva are having hunger strike in the BPF headquarters, the others – at home.
Participants of hunger strike were visited by Belarusian singer Zmicer Vaicushkevich yesterday late in the evening.
Young people think that they haven’t achieved their aims and are going to continue hunger strike.

Mikalai Autukhovich went on hunger strike on April 16.

He demands:

to send his case to court as soon as possible or

to change the measure of restraint for the detainees from custody to release on their own recognizance.

Today it is 26nd day of Autuhovich’s hunger strike. According to the information of Autuhovich’s lawyer Pavel Sapelka Mikalay’s state became worth, he is in prison hospital and has very bad tests, and he has the problems with liver.

On May the 4th the open-ended hunger strike was started in order to protect the life of political prisoner Mikalai Autuhovich . The initiators of the hunger strike are the “Young Front” and former Belarusian political prisoners.

Activists of the movement of entrepreneurs from Vaukavysk Mikalai Autukhovich, Yury Lyavonau, and Uladzimir Asipenka were detained on February 8, 2009. On the 18th of February all three of them were accused under article 218 of the criminal code (destroying or endamagement of private property).

They were accused in arson which took place in 2005. The investigation of the arson had already been held and incendiaries are serving terms in prison, they also paid the money for the damaged property. The victims of the arson said that they have no claims to the entrepreneurs.

During all the three months that Mikalai Autukhovich, Yury Lyavonau, and Uladzimir Asipenka are in pre-trial prison no investigative actions were held, and no confrontation with “victims” was held.