Nov 16, 2009
You might remember back in October, we covered a story about a group of Santas that turned themselves in to Belarusian authorities as an unregistered Santa Claus organization that participates in unsanctioned Santa Claus activities. You may also remember that I made a joke about looking forward to their impending trials, well, Belarus isn't laughing.
According to the Assembly of Belarusian Pro-Democratic NGOs, in a letter addressed to the admitted unregistered Santa Clauses, prosecutors stated that the activities of unregistered public associations on the territory of the Republic of Belarus is prohibited. It was also noted that "if a systematic and organized participation of individuals in the activities of an unregistered public association are proved, the individuals may be prosecuted."
The Santas' lawyer basically said something akin to "Prove what? They turned themselves in."
Yeah, this is far from over. I'm going to run out of poster board with all the protests this year.