We received the appeal below from belarusian civil society activicts. To protect the safety of the authors of this appeal we can’t publish their names. This statement does not necessarily represent Libereco's oppinions, but never the less we want to spread this call for help.
Dear colleagues and friends!
Lukashenka's regime has gone TOO FAR this time. More than 600 (!) peaceful participants of mass protest actions, including journalists, were detained and arrested after the Presidential election on December 19, 2010. These people and even more that managed to escape were beaten extremely hard by the riot police with the use of reinforced batons and boots.
According to short messages of detained people some of them were kept for TWO DAYS in police cars without water and food!!! By all means, these actions can be regarded as TORTURE.
The KGB intrudes offices of independent media outlets (European Radio for Belarus, BelSat), civil groups, the alternative candidates' headquarters and private apartments of civil activists with the use of force. Computers, flash-sticks and other information carriers are seized by the special security agents.
Seven out of nine alternative presidential candidates were detained by the police and the KGB. All of them were beaten cruelly by the riot police. Five candidates are kept behind bars in KGB prison in Minsk till the present moment. Information about one of them - Uladzimir Niaklayeu - remains UNKNOWN.
This message is a call for support!!! Dear friends, these actions of the incumbent regime are INHUMAN.
SOS!!!: The incumbent president noted during his recent press-conference that the time of democracy would come to an end in Belarus.
SOS!!!: The authorities are planning to put total control over the Internet in 2011.
Will you, please, appeal to your national governments to condemn the actions of Belarusian authorities and TERMINATE ANY RELATIONS with the FASCIST regime in Belarus.
Will you, please, address to the Belarusian state authorities and the diplomatic representations in your countries with a demand to release immediately ALL participants of peaceful protest actions in Minsk, including journalists and alternative Presidential candidates and STOP repression in relation to the people that do not support the incumbent regime in Belarus.
It is only our COMMON EFFORTS that can return Belarus to the CIVILIZED world.
PLEASE, DON’T BE INDIFFERENT!!!
THANK YOU IN ADVANCE!!!
Please note, that now there is some new information about the situation of Uladzimir Niaklayeu now: