Thousands of people have been detained — and many of them badly beaten — since the protests began, human rights advocates say. [421] Fleeing detention, remaining protesters dispersed into a wooded area of the park. People were also seen bringing flowers to the memorial again. [694] Russian journalist Nikita Telizhenko was heavily beaten in Belarusian jail: he was arrested in Minsk and sent to Zhodzina because of jails' overcrowding in Minsk. То бок, тут ужо 200–300 тысяч чалавек, і людзі працягваюць падыходзіць! First published on Sun 9 Aug 2020 14.49 EDT. Police also tried to block the protesters from entering Independence Avenue. Что происходит в стране 30 августа. [656][657][658] No further commentary from the Ministry of Internal Affairs followed, however, according to the Belarusian Investigative Committee, as of 15 August 2020, the circumstances of the Taraikovsky's death were under investigation. 38% of the participants stated that their companies were exploring options for changing their offices’ location. [147][148] The editor-in-chief of the anti-government website Charter 97 claimed that Russian troops were concentrated along the Belarus-Russia border in preparation for a potential invasion, possibly within the next 48 hours. [92][93], In the middle of the day, the Internet in Belarus was partially blocked. Protesters also used ribbons during protests against police brutality and unemployment. Before long, protesters were clashing with riot police. Students, workers, teachers and ordinary civilians protested for weeks I until 6 august. [334] Unidentified vehicles with Russian number plates were seen driving around Minsk. Начались задержания", "МВД Белоруссии сообщило о 91 задержанном на акциях протеста в субботу". The independent BelaPAN news agency reported that protesters staged at least 30 marches and rallies on January 17, including in Minsk, Brest, Hrodna, and Homel. [301] Coordination Council member and Nobel Prize laureate Svetlana Alexievich was summoned for interrogation but refused to answer any questions and was subsequently released. The demands of the “patriots” somehow contradict each […] Что это было? [418] In the afternoon, six metro stations were closed. [244][245] Similar rallies were also organized in other cities and towns across the country. [231][232] Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya held a press conference for the international media in which she said she hoped to return Belarus when it is safe for her to do so. [522], On 5 October, around 100 seniors gathered outside St. Helen Church in Minsk, formed a column and rallied towards Independence Ave. "[609][610], On 6 December, the "March of Neighbors" took place, thousands of demonstrators marched in Minsk and other cities. [714][314][315] The journalists were taken to the Kastrychnitski district police supposedly to check their identity and accreditation. [306][307][308] At the same time, mobile internet was turned off in Minsk at the request of the authorities. [652] It was reported that a massive blood loss due to an open chest wound was recorded in a death certificate. [90], On 6 August an estimated 5,000 peaceful protesters took to the streets in Minsk, waving white ribbons, calling for free and fair elections. Even though he was there as a journalist, the next day, the local court sentenced him to 15 days in jail for "participation in an unauthorized mass event". He added that he had read recent statements from Kremlin that it does not intend to interfere militarily. 2020-08-13T10:49:11.147Z and "Love live Belarus!" [530], On 10 October, another Women's March took place in Minsk. An ambulance was called. [589][590], On 22 November, tens of thousands of people gathered in several places around Minsk, chanting "Long live Belarus!" According to relatives, the head of OSVOD rescue station, Denis Cheshun, was driven from to Okrestina. The protests, nicknamed the Slipper Revolution[66][67] and the Anti-Cockroach Revolution,[51] were initiated by businessman and blogger Sergei Tikhanovsky when he made a reference to the children's poem The Monster Cockroach (Russian: Тараканище, romanized: Tarakanishche) by Korney Chukovsky. [641][642] The first meeting of the Council took place on 18 August and its leadership was elected the following day. Шахтеры с городской сцены объявили о бессрочной забастовке, Белорусский металлургический завод остановил работу всех печей, Belarus potash producer stops some output amid strike -TASS, citing union, Предприятия выходят на забастовки, среди них — промышленные гиганты. [272], On 24 August, presidium members of the Coordination Council, Sergei Dylevsky and Olga Kovalkova were detained by the security services whilst attempting to support striking workers at the Minsk Tractor Works factory. [160] Later that evening, it was reported that former Prime Minister of Belarus, Syarhey Rumas, who was dismissed by Lukashenko in June 2020, had posted a message of support for the anti-Lukashenko protesters on his Instagram account. В Минске, Бресте, Гродно, Витебске и Гомеле люди вышли на "Марш единства", Вчера водометы поливали протестующих в Минске оранжевой водой. [529] The Belarusian Fund for Cultural Solidarity was established with the purpose of providing legal, financial and psychological assistance to representatives of the Belarusian cultural community who actively express their civic position. ", "The workers are with the people", "You and your riot police get out!" Милиция в МГЛУ, МВД о протестах, встреча Путина с Лукашенко и обращение нового лидера Координационного совета", "Что происходит в Беларуси в 37-й день революции? [162], Lukashenko had announced that an air assault brigade would hold week-long unscheduled manoeuvres starting 17 August in western Belarus before announcing that NATO forces were "at the gates" and threatening the country, prompting President Putin to offer military assistance,[163] opening a possibility of Belarus being taken over through annexation or as a "union state". On 16 November 2020, BBC reported that more than 1,000 people were arrested during the demonstrations in Belarus, over the disputed presidential election. Activists built barricades and began to burn tires near the shopping centre "Riga". 1,373 injured[38]4+ dead[39]32,000+ arrested[40][41][42]50 missing[43], The 2020–2021 Belarusian protests are a series of ongoing political demonstrations and protests against the Belarusian government and President Alexander Lukashenko. [450] Actress Liya Akhedzhakova recorded a video message in support of the Belarusian people. Падзея прайшла без правакацыяў і затрыманьняў", "Могилев. The Belarusian government responded by imposing symmetrical sanctions against an undisclosed list of EU officials. "Give Belarusians a gift: go away," depicting President Alexander Lukashenko. [115] The Ministry of Internal Affairs confirmed that it used live ammunition against protesters in Brest. [624][625], On 20 December, marches and rallies were reported in several districts of Minsk, with many carrying the red-and-white flag or banners. 12 October 2020. [85] The OSCE has not recognized any elections in Belarus as free and fair since 1995,[84] and the government has obstructed past OSCE election-monitoring missions in the country.[85]. Press briefing notes on Belarus, 13 November 2020 Format News and Press Release Source. KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Hundreds of retirees rallied in the Belarusian capital on Monday against the country’s authoritarian leader, as security forces moved in to break up the traditional weekly march. The Commissioner also confirmed that there had been four deaths and was greatly concerned about the allegations of large-scale torture and ill-treatment of people, including journalists and children. [733], On 19 August the EU promised €2 million to assist the victims of state violence and €1 million to support independent media as part of a €53 million package to support a peaceful transition. Girls shouted opposition slogans at the train conductors who greeted them with honks. Pictures from Belarus were mixed with pictures from the 2019 protests in Catalonia. Later he was found dead in a river. [282][283][284] Alexander Lukashenko issued a statement in which he threatened dismissal for school teachers who do not follow "state ideology". [726], On 19 November, NEXTA founder Stepan Putilo and former chief-editor Roman Protasevich were added to the terrorism list by the Belarusian KGB. Before the rally, water cannon, armored vehicles and police vans were seen in the center of Minsk. World » Former USSR . Soon, about ten law enforcement officers in civilian clothes, including Nikolai Karpenkov, head of the Lead Department of Organized Crime Prevention, approached the café and Karpenkov personally broke a glass door with a truncheon. Demonstrators run away from police as they gather to protest against a result of the Belarusian presidential election in Minsk, Belarus, Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020. This was announced by the search and rescue squad "Angel". [637][638], On 14 August, in a video in which Tsikhanouskaya claimed that she had received 60–70% of the vote, she announced the creation of the Coordination Council for the Transfer of Power. Независимости и Вольский в Гродно. Meanwhile, a broadcast by the state TV showed empty news desks as TV presenters had walked out on strike,[166][167][168] and members of the European Parliament issued a joint statement stating that they did not recognise Alexander Lukashenko as the president of Belarus and considered him a persona non grata in the European Union. 10 Aug 2020, 8:07; Updated: 10 Aug 2020 ... An ambulance pictured during the late-night riots in Belarus Credit: Getty Images. The rally lasted for two hours. By 19:00, the rally had grown at approximately fifteen thousand people and was heading towards Bangalore Square, again overpowering security forces that tried to block its progress. Several people wore Santa Claus costumes and masks. Working-class people from Minsk Tractor Works also joined the protest in front of the Government House in Minsk. Share page. [182][183][184], It was reported that 76 people disappeared during the protests in Belarus as of 17 August, because they are not on the lists of arrested and convicted. [191], The troupe of Janka Kupala National Theater in Minsk resigned en-masse. The friend says Krivtsov phoned him again on 11 August saying that he spent much of the day in a bar. At least 340 people were detained in several Minsk districts and other cities across the country, including Brest and Hrodna. [715], On 29 August, accreditation of several foreign journalists was revoked; they worked for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Associated Press, Reuters, AFP, BBC, ARD, Radio France Internationale, Deutsche Welle and Current Time TV. [8] Other symbols used by opposition supporters include the former coat of arms of Belarus, known as the Pahonia (the historical coat of arms of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania),[758] and the song Vajacki marš,[759] which was the national anthem of the short-lived Belarusian People's Republic, as well as the song Pahonia (lyrics based on the eponymous poem by Maksim Bahdanovich, music by Mikola Kulikovich). [196] Demonstrations supporting Lukashenko took place in Mogilev, Gomel, and Khotsimsk. [591][592][593], The Belarusian Autocephalous Orthodox Church (not to be confused with the Belarusian Orthodox Church) announced an anathema against Lukashenko, publicly declaring him an "executioner of the Belarusian people". [544][545] A statement was made by the Ministry of Internal Affairs granting security forces clearance to use lethal weapons, if necessary, due to "elevated coordination and radicalization" of the protests. 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