Brest activists fined for covering protests against unsafe plant

A Brest court has imposed fines on bloggers Alyaksandr Kabanau and Syarhei Pyatrukhin (BYN 1,225 each).

In particular, the authors of the videoblog People’s Reporter are covering the residents’ protest against the construction of a battery factory in Brest.

Brest residents fear that iPower factory which is expected to appear in the free economic zone ‘Brest’ will pose a serious threat to their health. About 37,000 persons have signed the petition against building the enterprise; some of them are intimidated by the local prosecutor’s office.

“If the construction does not stop in a week, I will go to the [main] square, take a voice amplifier and tell passers-by about the risks dangers. We will protest every Sunday,” blogger Kabanau promised.

The bloggers received prosecutorial warnings for the statement above. On February 23, the men were detained. The duo were accused of calling for holding an unauthorized mass rally.

photo by Milana Kharytonava, Belsat

About 70 persons attended the trial. The case of Kabanau was considered by judge Alyaksandr Semyanchuk, that of Pyatrukhin – judge Dzmitry Shuryn.

Аlyaksandr Kabanau, phot. by Milana Kharytonava, Belsat

Notably, while Syarhei Pyatrukhin was in court, unknown individuals poured epoxy resin into the lock of his door.

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