Journalist Volha Czajczyc detained at Kurapaty mass grave site

The journalist has been taken to Baraulyany district police department. The officers are allegedly going to draw up a protocol upon her for covering the events near the Kurapaty mass executions site near Minsk on Monday.

“They asked whether my surname was Czajczyc. They might have been ordered to detain me, and making a protocol is nothing but an excuse,” she believes.

Kurapaty, a place on the outskirts of Minsk, is not just the national memorial and a mass grave of the victims of Stalinist repression; since 1993, it has been is a site of historical and cultural heritage. According to historians, 100,000 – 250,000 persons might have been killed there.

For over 100 days, Kurapaty defenders keep protesting against ‘dancing on the bones’, i.e. opening the restaurant Let’s Go And Eat in the vicinity of the mass grave. 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.

Kurapaty, 14.10.2018. Politician Pavel Sevyarynets stops excavator

As reported earlier, the local authorities have started to build a road here.

On October 14, bulldozers, a MAZ truck and an excavator dug a trench about 12 meters long in the immediate vicinity of the Kurapaty crosses. According to the Kurapaty defenders,in such places, all the work should be done manually or with shovels as it is a national historical and cultural heritage.

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