On March 24, Vladimir Maley, the legal inspector of the REP Trade Union for the Brest Region, and Alexander Sakharuk, a REP activist, took part in the traditional "Pamyats" (Memory) run in T-shirts dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the proclamation of the Belarusian People's Republic (BPS). Throughout the race, they held the historical Belarusian white-red-white banner and a flag of the REP Trade Union.
It was the 30th annual traditional race dedicated to the Brest residents who perished in the Afghan War. This time, there were about 400 runners.
"Our goal is to commemorate the soldiers, who died in Afghanistan, and remind people of a great tomorrow's celebration – the BPR's centenary," said Vladimir Maley.
In their T-shirts reading "100 years of BPR", Sakharuk ran for a distance of one kilometre, while Maley, who is an experienced marathon runner, covered ten kilometres with the white-red-white flag in hand. But right after the race, the police appeared.
"They arrived because they received a call that someone was running around with a forbidden flag. We explained that this flag is our national historical symbol and can't be banned; after which the police retreated," said Alexander Sakharuk.