Kurapaty defenders heavily fined for ‘disobedience to police’

Activists of the Belarusian youth opposition organization Young Front who were detained by the riot police in Kurapaty on July 3 have been tried and found guilty of disorderly conduct (Art. 17.1) and disobedience to police (Art. 23.34 of the Administrative Code).

“The young men brought a large log and a poster with a skull, bones and a cook’s hat to the Kurapaty watch. They did not let the cars in — they stopped about ten cars. About an hour later, the police arrived, a minivan with the riot police staff detained four people,” Pavel Sevyarynets, a co-chairman of the Belarusian Christian Democracy party, told told Belsat.eu.

Young Front leader Dzyanis Urbanovich and activist Artsyom Klyapets got fines totalling to $1,000 each; Minsk District Court also slapped a fine of $550 on Vital Tryhubau.

Among the detainees, there was a minor – Ilaryion Trusau. He is only 15 years old. According to the Young report, it is still unknown when his case will be considered.

Since May 2018, the group of Belarusian activists has been protesting against ‘dancing on the bones’, i.e.the activity of Let’s Go And Eat restaurant in the vicinity of a mass grave in Kurapaty forest near Minsk – under the passive eye of the local authorities. According to the protesters, its construction and opening at the very place was illegal. Activists first asked the authorities to interfere with the situation, and then decided to act independently. They are trying not to let cars to the territory of the restaurant. The Minsk police have already drawn dozens of protocols against activists who had blocked the restaurant that opened at the site of the massacre.

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