Dziarzhynsk: member of campaign team of Andrei Sannikau gets fined

2010 2010-11-02T22:30:04+0200 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

On October 12 the volunteer Aliaksandr Tarnahurski was collecting signatures in support of the candidacy of Andrei Sannikau in a residential house, and when he left one of the doors, a police car arrived and policemen asked him what he had been doing. Tarnahurski said that he collected signatures, and showed his passport and the certificate of a member of Sannikau’s campaign team. Policemen detained him and drew up a report for absence of a reflector.

Mr. Tarnahurski showed a reflector to policemen, though people don’t need to wear a reflector in a housing zone, and said that he won’t sign the report. They said they would find two witnesses who would confirm their words. The volunteer was put into a car, the car drove by taxi cars, and the police officer Rutkouski told the taxi drivers to sign the report.

On 2 November Aliaksandr Tarnahurski received a notice that he is fined 35,000 Belarusian rubles (about $11) for the absence of reflector. However the head of the Dziarzynsk Road Police Department Siarhei Varapai refused to give him the report to read, saying that the names of the witnesses in were secret information.