Posts under Tag: dictatorship
Flash mob in Stockholm: ”Puck you Lukashenko!”
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A flashmob and street theater was arranged by Östgruppen, Swedish International Liberal Centre and the office of the Polish member of European Parliament, Marek Migalski, in the central of Stockholm on saturday. The activists where dressed as dictator Lukashenko, playing against oppositional activists with their hands bound to their backs. On the ”ice” was also a judge with a Belarusian military hat and baton, who made sure Lukashenka got his goals. The street theatre was supposed to symbolize the oppression in Belarus and the fact that even ice hockey is politics to Lukashenka.

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Action at IIHF conference: ”Don’t play with the dictator!”
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Early this morning the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) met at Clarion hotel in Stockholm for a conference. Östgruppen – Swedish Initiative for Democracy and Human Rights arranged an action and welcomed the delegates with leaflets, saying ”See you in Minsk 2014!” At first sight, the leaflets looked like official material from the hockey federation. Looking closer inside, the delegates could see information about the political prisoners in Belarus and about the people in charge of the hockey world championship in Belarus next year – all blacklisted by the EU for their crimes against human rights (banned from traveling to the EU).

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Swedish Ice Hockey Federation changed their mind about the Belarusian flag
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During the game between Belarus-Canada on friday, a group of Swedes and Belarusians successfully watched the hockey with big white-red-white traditional Belarusian flags, behind one of the goals in the front line. This is a clear victory for freedom of expression and human rights. The flag was earlier during hockey world championship banned by the IIHF, most likely because of a dictators demand.

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Protests in Sweden against discrimination of Belarusian Hockey supporters
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Dozens of people with Belarusian white-red-white flags and journalists from Sweden’s leading media gathered outside the Globe arena in Stockholm to protest against unlawful discrimination of Belarusian fans.

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SNEAK PREMIERE: ”VIVA BELARUS!”
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Don´t miss out on the opportunity to see this unique and long awaited feature movie – Viva Belarus! in Stockholm @ Bio Rio, 20/3. FRANAK VYACHORKA (Script) and LAVON VOLSKI (Music), will be there to talk about the film and the reality behind it.

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The oppression against LGBT activists increasing in Belarus
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The oppression against LGBT activists is increasing in Belarus. Two unlawful raids were carried out by Police against LGBT-parties in Belarus during the last two weeks, LGBT-activists are being summoned to the Police for questioning all over the country and the chairman of the Human Rights project ”Gay Belarus” was on January 19th stopped on the Polish-Belarusian border when going back to Minsk from Warsaw. He was questioned and the border Police also seized his passport.

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Belarusian journalist arrested for publishing photos of teddy bear action
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Founder of Info Belarus, Isabel Sommerfeld, shows her solidarity with the detained Belarusian journalist. Photo: Free to publish. The Belarusian journalist Anton Surapin faces five years in prison for publishing photos of the Swedish teddy bear action, where teddy bears with messages of freedom were thrown out of an airplane over Belarus. According to the Swedish PR company Studio Total, […]

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Swedes teddy bear coup against the dictator
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”We do not support breaking of internartional law, but when it really comes down to it, the only law you should follow is your heart,” the Swedish PR bureau says, after breaching military airspace of the dictatorship Belarus to let hundreds of teddy bears with a message of freedom, parachute down in Minsk.

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LGBT protests forbidden in Belarus
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Minsk authorities have rejected three requests for permission to demonstrate, by representatives of the Belarusian LGBT movement.

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TeliaSonera: ”It’s not we who violate human rights”
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Founder of Info Belarus, comments on TeliaSoneras debate article in Dagens Nyheter, about their cooperation with dictatorial regimes. ”By ”only following laws” in countries with no rule of law, where even clapping hands in public is forbidden (Belarus), TeliaSonera is doing a great job in being the dictators henchman” says Isabel Sommerfeld.

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