Ongoing harassment of UCP activists in Brest
Iryna Siniapkina, a member of the United Civil Party in Brest, received a summons from local police, which however failed to indicate the date and time of the expected visit, as well as the reasons for the call.
According to the UCP activist, before issuing the summons, the police had been hunting her: for a few hours the police were on duty in the neighborhood, standing at the entrance and tracking her movement. “I am shocked by all that is happening,” says the United Civil Party member. “I never thought that a former candidate for the City Council might be pressured in this form. And I link it with my active involvement in the local elections.”
Iryna Siniapkina participated in a picket on February 24 during the election campaign, for which three activists, including local UCP leader Uladzimir Vuyek, were later fined. It can be assumed that the police decided to prosecute all the participants of the picket. The decision to ban the event is still challenged in the courts of various levels.