Switzerland intervenes over detained reporter in Belarus

first_imgBERLIN (AP) — Switzerland’s foreign minister says that a reporter for the country’s public broadcaster who was detained by police in Belarus has been freed. Luzia Tschirky, a correspondent for Swiss broadcaster SRF, said she was detained by masked men as she was heading to meet an acquaintance for coffee in the Belaruisan capital Minsk. Hours later, Swiss Foreign Minister Ignazio Cassis said Sunday that the reporter had been freed and was in the Swiss embassy. SRF condemned the incident, saying Tschirky was detained “for no reason” and adding that she has a valid press accreditation for Belarus. Tschirky said her acquaintance and her acquaintance’s husband were still being held when she was released.last_img read more

Rennie Davis, ‘Chicago Seven’ activist, dies at 80

first_imgDENVER (AP) — Rennie Davis, one of the “Chicago Seven” activists who was tried for organizing an anti-Vietnam War protest outside the 1968 Democratic National Convention that turned violent, has died. He was 80. His wife said Wednesday that Davis died of lymphoma a day earlier at his home in Berthoud, Colorado. A longtime peace activist, Davis was a protest coordinator when some 3,000 demonstrators clashed with police near the convention in Chicago. Davis and four co-defendants were convicted of conspiracy to incite a riot during the trial in 1969 and 1970. A federal appeals court overturned the convictions.last_img read more