Brest: road police haunt owners of cars with “Pahonia” stickers

2012 2012-02-08T17:32:53+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

The cars of those who have stickers with the national emblem “Pahonia” (which used to be the state coat of arms of Belarus before Lukashenka’s rule) are photographed. The owners are summonsed to the police and threatened with fines for violation of Article 194.13 of traffic rules in the case they don’t remove the stickers.

This strange campaign was launched by the Brest road police on 3 February. According to one of the victims, head of the Brest city organization of the Belarusian Popular Front Party, Viktar Klimus, more than ten persons have been summonsed to the police already.

Mr. Klimus is convinced of the political character of the case, as policemen pay attention only to the cars which are decorated with “Pahonia” and those who have “Pahonia” and other stickers on their cars are told to remove only the former.