Homiel: Belsat TV contributor fined for covering ‘non-parasite’ protest

Homiel-based freelance journalist Larysa Shchyrakova has been 161 BYN fined on Friday.

In court

Shchyrakova was tried for taking part in the protests of non-parasites in the Belarusian town of Rahachou on March 12 (Article 23.34 of the Administrative Code). It should be noted that the woman was present at the rally as a reporter: she was just performing her professional duties.

The case was considered by judge Raisa Kavalevich, chair of Homiel district court.

About 400 people took to the streets in Rahachou. According to people who protesting the so-called ‘parasite’ law, Lukashenka’s Decree Nr 3 is unconstitutional.

Decree Nr 3 signed by Alyaksandr Lukashenka in April, 2015 established the obligation of the citizens of Belarus, foreign citizens permanently residing in Belarus, stateless persons, who did not participate in the financing of public spending or participated in such financing less than 183 days (six months – ed.) in the past year, to pay a fee of 20 basic units (appr. $230).

On March 15, Constitution Day, marches of non-parasites were held in MinskMahiliou and Hrodna. When arresting protesters on Wednesday, plainclothes policemen refused to show their IDsused violence and even fired tear gas.