The court in Poland decides whether Belarusians have the right to use the national flag


On November 18 district court in Bydgoszcz will begin hearing the case on insulting the Belarusian national flag during the basketball match Belarus-Lithuania on Women’s European Championship.

The Court will consider an appeal of Ihar Shchekarevich, activist of the Center “Coollaboration without borders”,  to the prosecutor’s decision in Bydgoszcz.

According to the decision of the prosecutor’s office, the white-red-white flag “is not mandatory national flag of Belarus”.Therefore, the Belarusian fans were not allowed to use it on match. Shchekarevich’s refusal to leave the room  Polish prosecutors commended as “the resistance to a security guard”. The use of force against Shchekarevich prosecutors did not consider an offense.

Let us remind that the incident with the prohibition of the Belarusian flag took place on June 25 this year. Security service of the stadium, which hosted the game, prevented a group of Belarusian fans to deploy white-red-white flags, and then unceremoniously removed Belarusians from the stadium.

Press Service of the Center “Collaboration without Borders”

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