Women’s Hunger Strike in Belarus Protests Harsh Anti-Marijuana Laws

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More than a dozen Belarusian women have participated in a hunger strike for 10 days, hoping for the release of their sons, husbands, grandsons, and other relatives from imprisonment or drug-related charges. The “Mothers 328,” named after Article 328 of the Belarusian Criminal Code, began fasting Friday, April 26, 2018,  in Kalinkavichy and Ostrov to protest Belarus’ harsh drug laws. Relatives of the women have prison sentences of five to 25 years. The women want to meet with Belarusian President of Alexander Lukashenko. They call the strike “a step of desperation.” On Thursday, April 25, 2018, the day before the protest began, the hunger strikers handed their appeals to the city executive committee, which was forwarded to Prosecutor-General Alyaksandr Kanyuk’s office. Women’s Hunger Strike in Belarus Protests Harsh Anti-Marijuana Laws

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