5 users of the band Irdorath continue to be detained considering that their arrest on 2 August 2021 and confront fees for organising steps “that violate general public order” in relation to their alleged participation in protests in August 2020. They ended up detained jointly with 6 other band members, claimed Euro Radio.
The vocalist of the group Nadezhda Kalach’s personal birthday celebration was stormed on 2 August 2021 and 16 people today have been arrested.
Vladimir Aleksandrowitsch Kalach, Nadezhda Robertovna Kalach, Piotr Petrowitsch Marchenko, Yulya Anatolevna Marchenko, and Anton Valerjewitsch Shnip, are retained in custody and are experiencing prices punishable beneath Post 342 of the Legal Code. The expenses relate to accusations that in August 2020, the artists led protesters with musical devices in an “unauthorised mass march”. According to the Belarusian Ministry of Inside, that action “strengthened the protest mood” among the individuals and “pushed them to illegal steps versus the police”. If convicted, the artists deal with up to 4 yrs in prison.
According to Viasna, the other 6 band associates, Maria Podolyak, Alexander Sinkevich, Dmitry Szymanski, Yevgeny Sretensky, Mikhail Arakcheev and Alexei Polovchenya, had been sentenced on 3 August 2021 to 15 days of administrative arrest for “disobeying the police” under Short article 24.3 of the Administrative Code, reportedly due to the fact they did not open the gate for the law enforcement officers.
The well known band Irdorath was founded in 2011 and performs common Belarus folk new music.
Freemuse’s Condition of Creative Flexibility 2021 report mentioned that thanks to participation in protests immediately after the August 2020 elections in Belarus, many artists and cultural staff experienced been arrested, fined, and dropped work, while some had been prompted to leave the place.
Freemuse exploration demonstrates the common use of administrative detentions for persons from the cultural sphere below Short article 23.34 of the Code of Administrative Offences “violation of the organisation or holding of mass events”.