Prague, April 10 (RFE/RL) - The leader of the Belarus
opposition Popular Front movement, Zyanon Paznyak, has appealed for
"democratic solidarity" among the countries of eastern and central
In an interview with RFE/RL in Prague today Paznyak said such
solidarity was needed to combat what he termed the "authoritarian,
dictatorial" rule of Belarus President Alyaksandr Lukashenka.
Paznyak said his country was experiencing an "information blockade"
and praised the work of news organisations like RFE/RL whom he said
many people relied on in Belarus for independent information.
He said he had long been planning a trip to the region to muster
support for his democratic movement but he said the trip had been
"speeded up" by recent events in Belarus.
Paznyak claims his house has been under police surveillance since
recent demonstrations in Minsk denouncing the Union Treaty signed by
Russia and Belarus earlier this month.
The Popular Front movement was one of the main organisers of the
demonstrations which were attended by thousands of people opposed to
President Lukashenka's pro-Russian policies.
The treaty links the economies and political systems of Russia and
Belarus but stops short of forming a single state.
Paznyak said the treaty violated some procedural requirements
of the Belarus constitution and said it may be possible for
parliament to make a legal challenge.
Following the demonstrations of March 24 and April 2 Lukashenka said a "criminal investigation" had been opened. Lukashenka also said some diplomats and foreign journalists who attended the rallies had been asked to leave the country.