Estonian MP denied access to BelarusSaturday, March 24, 2007 at 22:04 | Posted in Belarus, democracy, Human rights | 2 Comments
Estonian member of Parliament Silver Meikar was not allowed to enter Belarus early Saturday morning. He was traveling together with a Belarus support group activist to observe the celebration of Belarus Freedom Day on Sunday. The Freedom Day, celebrated by the opposition, coincides with the first anniversary of mass demonstrations after the fraudulent presidential election in Belarus. A tent camp raised by oppositional demonstrators on October Square in Minsk was brutally bulldozed by the KGB a year ago.
Silver Meikar was driving to the Lithuanian Belarus border at 2.30 a.m. local time on Saturday. Although he and his travel companion Jelena were issued valid visas by the Belarus consulate in Tallinn, they were stopped at the border quoting “problems” with their passports. After two hours of waiting, a high ranking officer told Mr. Meikar that he was suspected of having contacts with local politicians and an order not to allow him to Belarus had been received through “diplomatic channels”.
According to a Third Way Newsletter I received on Friday, a freshly opened web site at en.belarusy.eu is going to cover the demonstrations and celebrations on the Freedom Day in practically real time. The coverage is scheduled to start at
8 a.m. Sunday morning local time, that is at 0500 GMT 0800 GMT on Sunday.