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Jailed Belarusian Activist's Mother Says Son Can Die At Any Moment

Lidziya Kavalenka, the mother of Belarusian prisoner Syarhey Kavalenka
MINSK -- The mother of jailed Belarusian activist Syarhey Kavalenka has warned that her jailed son, who is on hunger strike, could die at any moment.

Kavalenka, 37, was sentenced in February to 25 months in jail for violating parole.

He was detained in December for allegedly breaching the terms of his parole on an earlier conviction for "illegally displaying the banned Belarusian national flag."

Kavalenka has been holding a hunger strike since the day of his arrest.

Prison authorities forcibly fed him in January, but he resumed his hunger strike last month. His mother, Lidziya Kavalenka, was allowed to visit him in a prison hospital in Minsk on March 14.

She told RFE/RL after the 90-minute visit that Kavalenka now weighs some 50 kilograms and is not able to see properly.
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