Thursday, January 20, 2011

Protests for Belarus Political Prisoners and Artists

"Hundreds Protest at Belarusian Embassy"

"More than 300 protesters gathered across the street from the Belarus Mission to the United Nations on Wednesday, one month after the disputed re-election of Alexander Lukashenko, the dictator of the former Soviet satellite. Organized by The Public Theater and Amnesty International, the protesters chanted in support of Belarus' dozens of political prisoners and The Belarus Free Theater, whose artists have been beaten and threatened with incarceration for staging plays that criticize political repression and social ills.

Cofounded by Natalia Koliada, The Belarus Free Theater recently staged two such plays, "Being Harold Pinter" and "Zone of Silence," at two Off-Broadway mainstays: The Public Theater, founded by Joseph Papp, and La Mama, whose founder Ellen Stewart died this month."

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