Minsk, May 20 (RFE/RL) -- Belarussian opposition
activist Vyachaslau Siuchyk was released Friday from a Minsk prison
hospital. Siuchyk was freed on the 20th day of a hunger strike.
Siuchyk was accused by the government of organizing a mass
demonstration in Minsk on April 26, the 10th anniversary of the
nuclear accident at Chernobyl. Siuchyk and fellow activist Yuri
Khadyka were taken into custody by Belarussian police after the
Sergei Khripach, an Interior Ministry spokesman in Belarus, said
Thursday that Siuchyk had been hospitalized after he lost
consciousness. Gennady Karpenko, deputy head of parliament, told
deputies that Siuchyk had suffered kidney failure.
Khadyka, another activist from the Belarussian popular front,
remains in prison and is continuing his hunger strike.