He was allegedly blocking the street.
On Thursday, March 14, at 12 o'clock, well-known activist Barys Khamaida was detained near the “blue house” in Vitebsk. An administrative report was drawn up against him for blocking the street (Article 21.14 of the Administrative Code) in the Chyhunachny District Police Department. The Vitsebsk oppositionist spent more than an hour in the department, Vitsebsk Spring reports.
Later, Barys Khamaida said that on that day he, as always, was standing near the house 28 in Lenin Street in Vitebsk, distributing independent publications. The police approached him about 15 minutes after he spoke with a Vitsebsk journalist – it was about the 25th anniversary of the Constitution of the Republic of Belarus.
“They approached and demanded from me to leave the place. And when I refused, they said that I was violating the law on public events and that they were detaining me,” – Barys Khamaida said.
But in the police department, Khamaida learned that he was accused of violating the rules of the improvement and maintenance of settlements – under Art. 21.14 Code of Administrative Offenses He was arrested for “cluttering the street with the property.” The article provides for a fine of up to 5 basic units. Barys Khamaida did not sign the protocol.
“When asked why they detained me, the police officer, who was writing the protocol, said with a smile: “Well, tomorrow is Constitution Day... ”
Khamaida notes that before that, for almost a year, the police had no claims against him.
The last time, Barys Khamaida was detained in June 2018, before the opening of the Slavonic Bazaar in Vitsebsk.