In Moscow, at the Luzhniki stadium, the police detained two fans who hung out the BCHB-flag (the symbol of the Belarusian protesters) during the match. About it informs OVD-Info.
The detainees are charged with using unregistered symbols at a sporting event. They were taken to the police department for servicing the Luzhniki Olympic complex.
The white-red-white flag was used during protests that began in Belarus in August last year after the presidential elections. According to the authorities, incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko received about 80% of the vote, while opposition candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya received about 10%. Residents of Belarus, outraged by the official results of the elections, went to protest actions.
In May, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Belarus proposed to include white-red-white in the list of prohibited Nazi symbols.
In a conversation with The Insider, one of the leaders of the democratic movement in Belarus Pavel Latushko called this decision an attempt to suppress the protest moods of Belarusians: “This once again shows the usurper’s fear of any symbol that unites Belarusians, even if it is an attempt on the history of an entire nation. This is the flag that was used to cover the coffin at the funeral of the great Belarusian writer, war veteran Vasil Bykov. This is our state and historical flag in the recent past, which in 2020 once again united all Belarusians fighting for freedom and their rights. In turn, the dictator fights against everything related to the history, culture and national identity of Belarusians. This is an attempt to suppress the protest moods of people who can no longer live in the conditions created by Lukashenka. An attempt to take away the historical foundations, symbols of the will and freedom of the Belarusian people, as well as the opportunity for the illegitimate regime to continue even harsher punishments for using the historical symbol of Belarusians ”.