Wednesday, March 22, 2006

A few sketches on the atmosphere at Minsk Maidan...

Posted by l-u-f-t (BEL):

People in the tent city [...] need water and gas burners. If any of you can help, please do. It's better not to bring the stuff over, but to throw it out of the car windows. It's safer that way. THEY ARE HOLDING ON THERE FOR ALL OF US!

Posted by alisunya (RUS):

I was there yesterday evening. I've never seen so many real People, sunny, sincere, fearless. Thank you for being the way you are!!!

My friend stayed there till morning. Between 6 and 7 am, she and nine more people (2 guys and 7 girls) were going to the subway station Oktyabrskaya [...]. Riot police were following them, then asked them all to go into a police room at the station. My friend and two other girls merged with people standing in the line for subway tokens, but the rest got detained. The name of one of those detained is Vova, he studies at Glebov Art School (I hope I got the school's name right), the rest of the guys know Vova well and I guess they attend the same school. I've got his cell phone number but the phone's been turned off since before the detention - the battery's dead. [...]

And from (RUS):

[...] In the past two days, more than 100 opposition activists have been arrested. The majority of those who are leaving the square are detained by the police right away. Despite this, opposition leaders from the regions continue to arrive at the square. They say that at the commuter train stations near Minsk, the police are checking the passengers' bags and take those who have tents off the trains. [...]

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