In the run-up of protests: Belarus police keeping eye on activists


Hrodna activist Anatol Myshkevich, an active participant in the protests against Decree Nr 3, who was BYN 575 fined yesterday, says that the police are barring him from leaving home.

According to the activist, a tinted-window minivan is keeping the watch near his block of flats. The Hrodna police may be intending to arrest Myshkevich in the run-up of another rally

Alyaksandr Abukhovich on whom Hrodna court also imposed a fine fined for taking part in a rally of ‘non-parasites’ has been summoned to the police today.

Today, Babruysk activist Maxim Buynitski has been sentenced to 15 days under arrest. The man has gone on hunger strike. Halina Smirnova has been BYN 690 fined.

On March 15, Constitution Day, marches of non-parasites are to be held in Minsk, Mahiliou and Hrodna. In Minsk, water cannons are seen. In Hrodna, the rally is to start at 18:00 at Gilibert Park. Two big surveillance cameras have been recently installed there.

Trials of protesters against the so-called ‘parasite’ law are still in progress in Belarus.

In total, about 120 people have been arrested or fined for being involved in the recent protest rallies.

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).

The notorious decree caused a massive public outcry. In February-March, protests were held in a number of Belarusian cities and towns. On March 9, the implementation of the infamous ‘parasite’ law was put on the back burner.