A girl drove into activist Leanid Kulakou in Kurapaty on Wednesday evening. He was taken to hospital.
Defenders of Kurapaty, the place of Stalin-era executions near Minsk, 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.
“The two women were going by car to the gate of the restaurant. We tried to stop the car, Leanid’s leg got under the wheel, he fell, but the car continued to move. When I cried:”Stop!”, the girls backed off, turned around and went in the direction of a petrol station,” Belarusian film director Alyaksei Turovich, who was also on the watch in Kurapaty, told Belsat.
The activists called the traffic police and an ambulance.
“They provided first aid to Kulakou and took him to the Traumatology Department at hospital Nr 6. his left arm has turned blue, there is a hematoma. As Leanid was upset, his blood pressure was alarmingly high,” Turovich said.
Later, X-ray findings showed a closed fracture of the left arm. It has been put in plaster.
According to Turovich, the police drew a protocol upon the driver.
(UPD) On Thursday, Kulakou has been back in Kurapaty again.
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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.