Belarusian authorities will not allow new political prisoners to appear
Activists of the non-registered organisation "Young Front" Dmitry Dashkevich and Sergei Palchevsky reported on June 7th that they received a notification from the KGB dropping charges against them in the “mass riots” case. As predicted, the authorities are attempting to relax tension with regard to the ‘White Legion’ case by setting the detainees free. Apparently, the Belarusian leadership is interested in retaining the dynamics in the Belarusian-European normalisation and have received a caution against appearance of new political prisoners. Having put a leash on the protest movement, the Belarusian authorities are demonstrating their readiness for a dialogue with the opposition, however, so far, the latter has not publicly suggested any negotiating topics.
During searches of social and "green" activists and anarchists, law enforcement has seized computers, mobile phones and publications. The authorities have also exerted additional pressure on supporters of unauthorized street protests and independent lawyers, who represented defendants in the White Legion case. The security services have stepped up the persecution of opponents before the street protests announced by the opposition. Apparently, the Belarusian authorities aspire that participants in street protests would reduce in number and that the low interest of the population to socio-political agenda before the local election campaign would retain.