21 January 2018, Sunday, 23:20

Tram collapse in Vitebsk before the dictator’s visit


For the second day in a row trams do not circulate in the districts of Markoushchyna and DSK.

This is the main means of public transport for those who live or work in this part of Vitebsk, Radio Svaboda reports.

Markoushchyna and DSK are industrial outskirts of the city. In the morning on 3 December trams still ran and people could make it to work. But it appeared to be a problem to make the way back: the trams were stopped as they started to lay new asphalt in Gorkaga street.

There are very few bus routes in that district and they all have been over packed for the second day in a row, especially in the evening. People are filled with indignation, an oppositionist Barys Khamaida says, who lives in the DSK district:

“They take people for slaves: a tram takes them to work. But from work – it is already your own business! If you work in a different part of Vitebsk, then it will be problematic to return to Markoushchyna or  DSK in the evening. The busses are packed, people are discontented. Many people, including me, have acquired month passes for trams. And trams were cancelled and without a warning. Everyone is outraged that the Vitebsk administration creates a window dressing before the visit of Aliaksandr Lukashenka. And many people add that they did not vote for him at the elections and the further it goes – the harder it becomes to tolerate such humiliation”.