Updated at 14:58,21-10-2016

Border guards continue detaining oppositionists

31-07-2009, 17:28

Opposition politicians Alyaksandr Bukhvostau, Vintsuk Vyachorka, Leu Marholin, and Viktar Harbachou were searched on the Belarusian-Lithuanian border.

"On July 29, Alyaksandr Bukhvostau, Vintsuk Vyachorka, Leu Marholin and I took my car to get to a seminar in Vilnius. We arrived on the Belarusian-Lithuanian border at 11 a.m.," leader of the movement "For Free Development of Business" Viktar Harbachou told "Belorusski Partizan". "They were checking my documents for an hour, phone to Minsk, were buying time. We lost about an hour on the border. The situation repeated on our way back at a bout 7 p.m. on July 30. This time, we lost about two hours. We may have lost even more, but Leu Marholin advised to ask a ...Book of Complaints. As soon as we’d gone the border committee office, an officer ran up to us and said: "Here is your passport. We needed to settle some formalities. You don’t need to go anywhere!" so, the Book of Complaints has a real power in our country.

To be serious, it’s very sad. They turn too much attention on me ahead of the parliamentary elections last year, when the Belarusian authorities promised the world community to carry out super-democratic elections to the national assembly. I crossed the Belarusian-Lithuanian border some months ago and met no problems. But this time it was different.”