2008 19/10

BGKIn the afternoon of 6 October the road policemen of Stoubtsy district police department stopped the car of the deputy chairperson of the Belarusian Helsinki Committee Tatsiana Hatsura on the highway Brest-Minsk.

‘I don’t know why I was ordered to stop you. I will phone and ask what I shall do with you,’ said to Tatsiana the police officer Alexander M. (the human rights activist did not remember his surname). As a result the police officers checked her luggage (Tatsiana carried in her car bags with books), put down her passport data and let her go without explaining the reasons for such special attention.

The human rights activist was returning to Minsk from Stoubtsy, where he had come to visit her mother. ‘I did not plan this trip’, emphasizes Tatsiana Hatsura. ‘My middle son got ill and I took him to the grandma. At the same time I decided to take a part of the books that were in Stoubtsy, to my apartment. Possibly, only our neighbors could see me loading three large bags into the car. Pitifully enough, they did not know that there was only fiction literature, otherwise nobody would have disturbed the police.’

17 October 2008
Source: Belarusian Helsinki Committee
According to spring96.org

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One thought on “Human rights activist Tatsiana Hatsura is stopped because of books”

  1. Good article – plenty of food for thought.

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