Minsk residents interviewed about imprisonment of Lukashenka\'s presidential rivals


A BelaPAN correspondent on Wednesday interviewed people in Kastrychnitskata Square in Minsk, one of the venues of a massive post-election demonstration on December 19, 2010, to learn what in their opinion was the reason for the imprisonment of Alyaksandr Lukashenka's presidential rivals following the protest.

"Maybe corruption? No, I don't know," said a young woman. "No, they were probably [imprisoned] for running around with placards and shouting anti-president slogans," her companion said.

"The organization of and participation in protests against the official results of the elections," a young man said.

"I have no idea what they were imprisoned for. It's too dangerous to say such things in our country," another young man said.

"Everybody knows the reason. But one doesn't want to speak about that in public," a bespectacled man said.

"I try not to know much about the subject as there are already enough problems," a woman said.

"[They were imprisoned] for protests," tersely replied a moustached man.

"Oh God, we don't answer such questions. Are you crazy [to ask]?" said two young women.
"Bravery," a smiling young woman said.

"Trying to express their own opinion," another woman said.

"Participation in the protest in this square," said a woman.

"I don't know, I was not here," another said.

"I don't know, maybe they tried to defend their political opinion," a young man said.
"I don't know… I don't want to talk to these candidates, there was not a single decent one," an elderly man said.

Many people refused to answer the question.