Friday, July 07, 2006

Belarus: prosecuting the opposition

Earlier this year, Alexander Kozulin was the social democratic candidate in Belorus's fixed presidential "election". At a post-election demonstration, he was beaten and arrested, and he is now on trial for "hooliganism and inciting mass disorder". His "crime"? He had walked towards the commander of the police at the demonstration to present him with a bunch of flowers. And for this, he could be facing up to six years in prison.

This is how the Belrusian regime maintains power: by fixing elections, and imprisoning anyone who dares to speak out about it. We just have to hope that next time, things are different...