Tourist camp of REP Trade Union was nearly dispersed by militia Ц finally, organizers were fined
Employees of the Borisov Inspection of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection tried to disperse the tourist camp, organized by the Belarusian Trade Union of Radio and Electronic Workers (known as REP).
The camp was set up on June 30 near the village of Brili, Borisov District. Union activists and their families Ц more than forty persons in total Ц were the participants of the event.
Gennady Fedynich, the REP leader, told the correspondent of "Salidarnasts" that in the evening of that day employees of the above Inspection arrived to the venue and asked the tourists to leave it.
"We had agreed the event in advance with the Brili Forestry and showed then a written permit to hold the event. However, we were told that the official who had signed the document had no right to do it," said Gennady Fedynich. "The Inspection bosses threatened to call the militia. But I said that I'd better get imprisoned than move away from the place. People came from all over the country with their children; and they'd be highly disappointed if the event failed. It looked like they had no centralized order to stop us; therefore, they left."
On Sunday morning, the participants of the event were still there.
After lunch, a UAZ minivan with five militiamen and the Inspection boss Poyarkov appeared. According to the REP activist Andrei Strizhak, the visitors checked the tourists' documents and drew up a protocol on an unauthorized making a fire in the forest. The organizers will have to pay a fine in the amount from 10 to 40 base units (since April 2012 one base unit is 100,000 Belarusian roubles).