Anti-Semitic slogans: Criminal case opened over vandalism act at Stalin-era mass grave site

Vandalised monument

Unknown individuals covered two monuments in Kurapaty with anti-Semitic slogans and Magen David drawings, Dzyanis Urbanovich, the leader of the Belarusian youth organization Young Front, said on Facebook on Saturday evening.

СЯБРЫ УВАГА.Толькi што я йшоу на варту праз Курапаты, зауважыу вось гэты вандалiзм.

Publiée par Dzianis Urbanovič sur Samedi 23 mars 2019

The activists reported the situation to the police. Investigators thoroughly examinated the scene and documented evidence.

Unfortunately, barbaric acts have become a fact of life in Kurapaty. In February, the so-called Clinton’s Bench was demolished; it was presented by the then U.S. President Bill Clinton who visited the mass grave site in 1994. It has been vandalised about 20 times, but the Belarusian authorities have never traced committers. Last week, 14 crosses that had been set to honour the memory of the victims, were broken.

On March 25, the Investigative Committee’s Minsk regional department has opened a criminal case over the fact of intentional damage to material objects of historical and cultural value.

Since late May, the group of Belarusian activists is protesting against ‘dancing on the bones’, i.e.the activity of Let’s Go And Eat restaurant in the vicinity of the mass grave under the passive eye of the local authorities. According to the protesters, its construction and opening at the very place was illegal. Activists first asked the authorities to interfere with the situation, and then decided to act independently. They are trying not to let cars to the territory of the restaurant. The Minsk police have already drawn dozens of protocols against activists who had blocked the restaurant that opened at the site of the massacre.

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