Nastassia Mashchava fined for taking photos of performance

2009 2009-12-04T22:07:30+0200 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

The Young Belarus activist Nastassia Mashchava was fined 1 050 000 rubles by

the Zavadski district court of Minsk.

On 2 December during a performance near Belarus department store Nastassia was taking pictures. As RFE/RL informed, she was told in the court that she had no right to do it without accreditation.

The young activist is outraged by the verdict and thinks any person with a camera could be brought to account in the same way.

Bear in mind that the Young Belarus activists Andrei Kuzminski, Pavel Prakapovich, Nastassia Mashchava and Yahor Babrou were detained on 2 December for holding a performance near Belarus department store. The young people set up a stand and painted a man with moustache on it. It was written under the caricature: ‘Throw an egg at me if you don’t like the regime’. The young activists placed a box with eggs near the stand. There were some persons who liked the idea, and some eggs were flung into the stand.

However, participants of the action were detained soon. They were charged with participation in an unsanctioned rally and spent a night in the delinquents’ isolation center in Akrestsin Street.