Pinsk Authorities Start Struggling against Satellite Dishes as Well

2007 2007-06-04T10:00:00+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

According to the monitoring service of the Belarusian Association of Journalists

The authorities of Pinsk (Brest region, south of Belarus) demand from citizens to remove satellite dishes. This week announcements with the appropriate order appeared on the front doors of all porches in multistored buildings.

According to the deputy-chair of Pinsk city housing economy Mikalai Bazan, at the council of 28 May heads of all local housing economies received such order.

‘The reason is very simple: the dishes damage the walls and the rooves, as a result of which the flats of upper stores are flooded’, said Mikalai Bazan and added that the owners of satellite dishes must remove them on their own, otherwise they will be fined.

When a citizen of Pinsk, member of BAJ Valiantsina Navarych (who also has a satellite dish) found about it, she phoned to the head of housing economy #1 Nina Hardzeyeva. Hardzeyeva answered that there was no use discussing this, otherwise an administrative report would be composed and she would be fined.

The deputy head of Pinsk city executive committee A.Satsuta refused to answer the question, saying he hurried to leave Pinsk, and advised to consult the administration of the city’s housing economy. The ideology department of the executive committee stated they didn’t know anything about the ruling of the housing economy, but said that in the case there is one, it must be implemented. Despite this, people don’t hurry to remove their satellite dishes, which were bought for their own money.