Investigative Committee opens criminal case against BSW strikers

On November 2, the Investigative Department of the Homiel Region IC opened a criminal case under Part 1 of Art. 342 (Organization and preparation of actions that grossly violate public order, or active participation in them) of the Criminal Code in relation to four employees of Belarusian Steel Works, the press release of the Investigative Committee reports.

The reason for the criminal prosecution was the August strike at the plant.

“According to the investigation, on August 17 this year, on the territory of the enterprise, a group of aggressively-minded citizens from among the employees of the enterprise and other persons stopped the movement of technological transport that delivered raw materials to the steel workshops, which led to disruption of the plant’s operation and causing damage,” said the IC.

To investigate the strike at BSW, an investigative group was created. As noted in the IC, during the pre-investigation check, more than 100 citizens were interviewed, the recordings of video cameras on the territory of the enterprise, as well as video recordings posted on the Internet, were also examined.

According to the Investigative Committee, the investigation has already found “the organizers and active participants of the unauthorized event, whose actions have the signs of corpus delicti.”

The IC also posted a video where one of the defendants in the case says he regrets taking part in the protests.