Motorists block traffic in downtown Minsk in protest against rising motor fuel prices
Five Belarusians Fined After Protest at Fuel-Price Increase
Motorists face charges in Belarus following protest against high gas prices
More than 100 cars blocked a 2-kilometer (1.2-mile) stretch of Independence Avenue, the city’s main artery, for two hours yesterday, with onlookers cheering them on. Police held five overnight and transferred them today to the Centralny district court, where they were found guilty of participating in unsanctioned picketing and fined as much as 700,000 rubles ($141 dollars at the official central bank rate).
Thus, action participant Alesia Makas has been fined Br525 thousand. The girl was arrested about 20:30 on Independence Avenue in Yanka Kupala park for holding a banner "Stop petrol," reported human rights center "Viasna."