Uss: "It hurts that the state brings the society down to such conditions”
As we promised in our last issue we keep introducing
to You those who are or were political prisoners. Today we let you meet
the 2010 presidential candidate Dmitriy Uss and introduce his initiative.
It should be reminded that Dmitry Uss was one of the most
democratic presidential candidates during 2010 elections. He was arrested
even before official election results were announced and joint the sad
list of political prisoners. The court declared him guilty of organizing
mass public disorder and condemned him to 5,5 years of imprisonment. However,
feeling the pressure from the Western countries the authorities had to
release him several months after the trial. And it was disregarding the
fact that he never signed the appeal for clemency.
Dmitry Uss is one of the few politicians who goes all the way till the
end and is extremely consistent. Where else would you find a candidate
who would not go to his voting center because of his principles? Where
else would you find a businessman in Belarus who would dare challenge
our authorities? At the very beginning of his campaign, DmitriyUss explained
his motivation: I’m participating in the elections to change electoral
legislation and stop the outrages lawlessness that seized our country.
Dmitriy suggests that Central Election Commission should include into
election commissions representatives of the candidates and give them an
opportunity to sign the ballots. According to Dmitriy, it should be regulated
by the Law On the implementation of the citizen right to legislative initiative.
To change the legislations an initiative group should be formed and the
signatures collected. Dmitry comments on his initiative:
--When I was a candidate to the City Council I already observed what
was going on in our election commissions. The recent local elections demonstrated
that authorities impudently, cynically “make up” protocols, don’t pay
attention to the authorized representatives of the candidates, remove
them from the voting centers. In fact, the authorities are responsible
for outrageous violations of the law. Before, they threw away the ballots.
Now, they just don’t let the observers get close to the counting of voices.
The authorities abuse the fact that people are dependent, bound by the
contract work agreements. They say: Get away for 8 meter, you interfere
with our work. All that motivated me to start a presidential campaign
and shape the public opinion about these violations. But not to run for
presidency! I knew that alternative candidates will be “granted” 1 per
cent each and be blamed on everything. I worked on the campaign to tell
the people about the situation in the Republic. And the reality is: even
when 100 per cent vote for a different person the winner will be the one
who authorities favor. That was my motivation for participation in 2010
campaign. And I need to finish what I started. We need to end this lawlessness,
violations and breaches at such a high level. It is just cynic and barefaced
criminal activities that I can’t even compare to anything. And it hurts
me to realize that Europe supports this regime economically. I am doing
what I am doing and consider it necessary. Later on, when we will have
free and democratic elections, when we will have independent commissions,
then we will have programs and everything else.
- What will happen if you group will not be registered?
- Don’t count the chickens before they are hatched. Let’s think about
it when we get more information. What will happen when tomorrow is the
end of the world? I don’t want people to be turned into dumb, depressed,
frightened creatures… It hurts that society brings the state down to such
conditions… It hurts a lot.
Tatiana Zelko, the leader of Our Generation, comments on the initiative:
- It happened that I had quite a substantial experience in observation
and participation in election commissions. I was a regular observer, coordinator
of observers, member of a voting center. What can I say… When I was an
observer, during voice counting I could observe anything: lunches of the
election commissions members, their gossiping, even, sorry for saying
that, their butts – anything but not what I was supposed to observe: ballots
and piles of the ballots… And the composition of the election commissions:
why would I trust them when all of the members are representatives of
the same enterprise or institution? When I was an election commission
member for some reason I was not allowed to work every day during early
vote period, to sign all the ballots… Even if Dmitriy’s initiative will
not make our election process super democratic, it will for sure help
to move our election campaigns closer to the high-flown notion – election.