Thursday, April 21, 2011

Humanitarian activist arrested for violation of Minsk metro

Moscow .- An organization Belarusian human rights defender reported that police had arrested one of its members for their alleged involvement in the bombing on 11 April in Minsk metro. The Belarusian Helsinki Committee, the only independent group Human Rights Defender that exists in the country, has stated that Pavel Levinov was arrested on Monday and will remain ten days in custody to interrogate him.

Furthermore, she added that three journalists and campaigners for human rights have been detained for a short time, although the police have not confirmed this information, according to Russian news agency RIA Novosti. Several opposition leaders have said they believe the government used the attack on the subway in Minsk, which killed at least thirteen people, as an excuse to stifle dissent.

Shortly after the attack, President Alexander Lukashenko ordered the KGB (the intelligence) to "move heaven and earth" to find those responsible. Not rule out foreign involvement in the bombing but also hinted that the Belarusian opposition was to blame. Lukashenko, who rules Belarus with an iron fist since 1994, won another term in the disputed elections last December.

Dozens of opposition members, including several candidates who competed against Lukashenko in the presidential elections, were arrested after violent protests that took place in Minsk when he announced the victory of the head of state.

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