Photographer Sergei Lysenko was detained in Gomel at a holiday for children of refugees from Ukraine. About it writes state newspaper “Gomelskaya Pravda”. The event was supposed to take place on June 27, but the police dispersed it.
The publication reports that Sergei Lysenko is in a temporary detention center – he was given 15 days, under which article it is not known. As noted in the article, the photographer denies his participation in the holiday and says that he ended up in the park by accident.
“There were children there, a woman in Carlson’s clothes with a propeller. Literally a few minutes later, a police squad approached, we were all registered and kicked out of the park.
How notes “Zerkalo”, the security forces have shown interest in the photographer before – in February last year came During the search, employees of the GUBOPiK of the Ministry of Internal Affairs under Article 342 of the Criminal Code (“Organization and preparation of actions that grossly violate public order, or active participation in them”), seized a laptop and a smartphone.
In 2020, he filmed protests in Homel.
“Birthday” was scheduled for June 27, it was announced in open chats of volunteers who provide assistance to Ukrainian refugees in Belarus. The meeting was going to be held in a Gomel park, they invited refugee children from Ukraine and Belarusian volunteers. Gifts and souvenirs, games and competitions were planned for children, and at the end the guests of the holiday were going to make a paper “dove of peace”.
However, the police did not allow hold an event, considering it an “illegal action.” According to an eyewitness, before the beginning of the holiday, eight or nine police officers, as well as a man in civilian clothes, approached the participants: they forced everyone to disperse, threatening “consequences.”
Pro-government telegram channels wrote that the police intervened in the celebration because they were afraid of “provocations and political slogans,” and its participants did not submit an official application for holding the event.
The next day, it became known that security forces had detained Homel activist and volunteer Alla Korolenko, who helped organize the event. Later to her gave 7 daysunder which article is not reported. In January last year, a woman already departed arrest for a New Year’s round dance around a Christmas tree in the forest, which the court considered “an unauthorized rally without the permission of the city executive committee.”