This will be the last update for thew night Special thanks to Andy Harley and UKGayNews for doing such a smash-up job and on repoerting the happenings in Belarus and keeping a communication line open to the courageous activist in Minsk. We are stand in solidarity with you and salute your Courage and Pride.
SUNDAY MAY 16
00.40: A couple of items in the ‘food for thought’ department … the Belarus Web site Ont.by News is reporting that there wore no more than half a dozen people on the march (so how come 12 participants were arrested?) … and one march participant reported tonight that a JOURNALIST started to throw eggs at the participants during the march. Another journalist stopped him and said: “Vassya, wait at least until we have finished our work … we have expensive equipemnt here.” Only in Belarus …?
00.32: The post-Pride party is now on … though most participants are not in a party mood until everyone is released. The Slavic Pride Awards 2010 are going to be announced during the Party tonight. These will be posted here later.
00.25: The police seem to have found some petrol for their car! The group of eight have finally been moved to the detention centre for administrative offenders. They will stay there until Monday and their court appearances.
SATURDAY MAY 15
23.29: Police are mow patrolling around the club where the post-Pride party takes place tonight. Things are reported to be “quiet”.
23.05: Reuters now have a report, with a slide show of seven photos, HERE.
22.22: Belapn, the Belarus news agency, has video footage of the march and arrests, plus still photos HERE.
22.22: Proof that Russian media are adapting to the fact that Gay Prides are a modern fact of life? Today, the Russian news agency RIA NOVOSTI is reporting Minsk and Brussels Gay Prides.
22.15: The group of eight held together in custody – they were told earlier that they might be released due to a petrol shortage – have now been told that they will be kept locked-up until court on Monday. Medical services have been called as two Belarusians have injuries following their violent and brutal arrest as police broke-up the march.