Another sentence for wearing anti-Lukashenka T-shirt

Leanid Smouzh, a resident of Stoubtsy district, Minsk region, has been sentenced to five days of arrest for wearing a T-shirt bearing anti-Lukashenka slogans.

The judge of the Leninski District Court found Mr Smouzh guilty of disobeying lawful police order.

Mr Smouzh was grabbed by two plainclothesmen at a public bus stop. The man offered no resistance as he was bundled into a police vehicle. Nevertheless, police witnesses claimed that he had “shouted, swung his arms and resisted.”

Mr Smouzh took part in an annual commemorative procession that ended with a flower-laying ceremony in Loshytsa Park, where up to 10,000 people are believed to have been executed and buried by the NKVD in the 1930s and the early 1940s.

He was wearing a T-shirt bearing the slogans ‘For Belarus without Dictatorship’ and ‘For Belarus without Lukashenka’.

It is to be recalled that a week ago Judge Dzmitry Paulichenka found a trade-union activist guilty to disobedience and sentenced him to three days under arrest. Yury Rubtsou came to Minsk to participate in a memorial event on Dziady (All Souls Day). He was wearing a T-shirt bearing inscriptions ‘Lukashenka, go away!’ and ‘Fourfold President – not President but self-appointed tsar!’. Before a march started policemen recommended Mr Rubtsou to take it off but he refused saying there are no regulations outlawing such clothes in Belarus.

Belsat, following BelaPAN

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