24 October

Militia spied opposition in regions on day of European March


Democratic activist Anatol Askerka appealed to the Barysau Prosecutors Office with a complaint. The whole day of 14 October he was watched by the militia and KGB agents in order not to allow him to take part in the European March in Minsk.

Here is the text of Anatol Askerkas complaint, where the politician tells in details about the unlawful actions of the militia.

- 12 October 2007 at about 6.30 p.m. Viachaslau Paulavets, militia captain, chief of the law enforcement department at Barysau District Internal Affairs Department came to my house. He asked me whether I was going to go to the European March 14 October this year, and if I was going at what time exactly and where the place of gathering of other march participants is situated. I answered that the event was authorized by the authorities, and I could be present there. Captain Paulavets said he was well informed about the authorized action but strongly recommended me not to go to Minsk.

14 October 2007 at seven in the morning somebody phoned. My wife answered the telephone. A mans voice asked: If Mr. Anatol is in? My wife said she invited me to the phone. When I took the receiver I heard only short beeps. Learn by bitter experience, I understood the militiamen were checking if I was at home and that my planned journey couldnt happen. I dressed up at once, and came out. Near my house a foreign-made car with private numbers was staying. Unfortunately, I didnt remember the cars number. I dont remember a model as well. When I came to the car, a driver opened a side window. There were two more young people in civvies. I asked them: Are you securities? Laughing, they answered: Yes, securities. Then I explained I was going to go to the market and asked them I if was allowed. They said, no problems.

At about half past eight I went to the bus stop. Soon the mentioned above car caught me up. They asked: Where? To the market? I answered: Yes, to the market. They offered me to seat down in a car. They refused to introduce themselves on my request. Being afraid of provocations, when later they would accuse me of defiance to the militia officers, I seat down in the car. Under surveillance of my securities I and my wifes brother made the necessary purchases. Then we set in the car again and drove in the direction of my house. After my wifes brother left the car near its house in Baturyn Street, the driver apologized and said they had an order to take me to the District Internal Affairs Department.

In the cabinet, where they guarded me, a man in civvies introduced himself as half colonel Volkau. It was about ten in the morning. On my request to give the explanations concerning my presence in the District Internal Affairs Department, half colonel Volkau said he knew my intentions to go to Minsk to the European March. Then I once again reminded that the event was authorized. Laughing Volkau said that it was in my interests to stay in Barysau in order to avoid the troubles, for example, using physical force against the demonstrants. He added that we would talk in the nearest time, we would bring you up. The talking lasted up to 1.00 p.m. Then he called the same car with the same young people and at parting he said me he strongly advice me not to go to Minsk. I said I wouldnt go as I had lost the time. I was driven home in the same car. I had a snack and my wife asked me to go to the shop. Behind the gates the familiar car had been waiting for me. It was about half past one. Accompanied by the car I went to the shop. On the way home my securities warned they would phone every hour to check my presence at home. So every hour they phoned, introduced: Your securities and asked if I was at home. The last time they phoned me at 5 p.m. after that they drove away.

In the virtue of the above-mentioned and following the article 4-6, 14, 27 of the Law about the Procuratorate, Anatol Askerka asks to assume the measures of the prosecutors reaction against the before mentioned persons who broke his constitutional right for freedom of expression and opinion, and freedom for meetings and rallies, fixed in the Constitution of Belarus.