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. To disperse the protesters, military special forces … A crowd of demonstrators later formed on Independence Square outside the church which was surrounded by the security forces. [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. [703] Igor Losik, who founded Belarus of the Brain, was arrested before the election, but the channel also continues to operate. [489][490], On 23 September, Alexander Lukashenko was sworn in as President of Belarus for the next term in a brief, unannounced inauguration ceremony in Minsk. [514], On 3 October, a traditional women's rally took place in Minsk, called the "Bright Saturday" (which is also a wordplay on Tsikhanouskaya's given name, since "Sviatlana" is derived from "sviatly" (Belarusian: святлы), meaning "bright"). [466], The "Heroes March" also took place in the cities of Brest, Bobruisk, Vitebsk, Gomel, Grodno, Zhodino, Kobrin, Lida, Mogilev, Novopolotsk, Pinsk, Polotsk and others. A demonstration of hundreds chanting "resign" and "let them out" in the evening outside the Interior Ministry in Minsk was allowed to continue peacefully with no police interference. [421] Fleeing detention, remaining protesters dispersed into a wooded area of the park. Belarus hands over 32 ‘Russian mercenaries’ KGB accused of ‘planning riots’ – ignoring Ukraine’s extradition demand. In Minsk, a 73-year-old man with a daughter and grandchildren were arrested with nearly 20 other people who gathered near the 86th school after the closure of the polling station. [572], On 1 November, about 20,000 demonstrators marched in Minsk. [327] A pro-Lukashenko bike ride was held in Minsk led by Alexander Lukashenko's son Viktor Lukashenko. [570], On 31 October, hundreds of women marched in central Minsk, chanting "Freedom" and "Fair Elections" as they carried red-and-white flags and banners. In Minsk, it started with between 500 and 1000 people gathering on Freedom Square, including opposition figure Nina Baginskaya. 38% of the participants stated that their companies were exploring options for changing their offices’ location. На ней слышны крики и удары", Wavering soldiers and striking workers pile pressure on Lukashenko as Belarus protest take revolutionary turn, Wavering soldiers and striking workers pile pressure on Lukashenko as Belarus protests take revolutionary turn: Embattled autocrat warns Belarusians to stay off the streets, "Видео убийства спецназовцами Александра Тарайковского (обновлено)", "Bloomberg узнал о планах окружения Лукашенко в случае его свержения", "Natallia Radzina To Russian Journalists: Will Russian Troops Invade Belarus? [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. Солигорского шахтера, который устроил протест, вынесли из шахты", "У Светланы Тихановской день рождения! [582], On 15 November, tens of thousands of Belarusians gathered across Belarus protested against the death in police custody of a military veteran and children's art teacher arrested for his opposition to Lukashenko. [126], On the same day, the Belarus Interior Minister stated that a "shoot to kill" policy in cases of self defence was permitted. Nasha Niva editor-in-chief (also wearing a jacket) disappeared during the night. "[86] Belarusian authorities claimed that Tikhanovsky was working with Russians to destabilize Belarus. They chanted slogans such as "Murderers!" Фото и видео", "20th day of protests: Belarusian women marching, singing Mighty God (photos)", "21-ы дзень пратэстаў. UN HRC; Posted 13 Nov 2020 … In Vitebsk, Dmitry Kazakevich, a journalist working for BelSat, was detained while filming. [682], On 1 September, in a statement by the UN human rights experts, more than 450 documented cases of torture and ill-treatment of detainees were mentioned, including sexual abuse and rape with rubber batons of men, women and children. They streamed a farewell ceremony for the murdered during a peaceful protest on 10 August. Protesters also used ribbons during protests against police brutality and unemployment. [172] A list of members was circulated on 17 August 2020 and included Nobel Prize laureate Svetlana Alexievich. [352] Rumors began to circulate on the Telegram platform that internet access would be stopped across Minsk at 15:00. [300], On 26 August, residents began recall proceedings against at least 20 members of the House of Representatives. Belarus has witnessed large-scale demonstrations against President Alexander Lukashenko's re-election to a sixth term in the August 9 voting, which the opposition argues was rigged. Belarus of the Brain's is now over 470,000. [411] The press service of the Coordination Council announced the departure of Olga Kovalkova to Poland. He was sentenced to 10 days in prison but wasn't given proper medical attention in time. [745] As Georgy Saralidze, advisor to the director of the All-Russia State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company on program policy, noted in an interview with Vestnik Kavkaza that western countries had been striving to isolate Belarus away from Russia for several years. This page was last edited on 4 February 2021, at 23:23. At least 20 people were detained. [599][600][601][602], On 29 November, the "March of Neighbors" took place in Minsk. [40], On 22 November more than 200 people were detained in Minsk. [462][463] 10 metro stations were closed on Sunday from 14:30 until 19:00. Жаночы марш у Менску. [568] The government and state media accused them of terrorism. Police claim that Krivtsov committed suicide, but his family do not believe them. [697] He was liberated soon, but on 21 August he was arrested again and was given 5 days in jail. [99], At night, after breaking up big crowds, police officers chased smaller groups of protesters through downtown Minsk for several hours. In a further press-conference in Kyiv, Rodenkov and Kravtsov reported that Kalesnikava was abducted by Belarusian security forces and was forced to leave Belarus in Kravtsov's car, which she eventually avoided by tearing her passport apart and timely leaving the car through a window. [442] Svetlana Alexievich alerted the press that "men in black masks" were trying to enter her apartment in central Minsk. Из РУВД в шоковом состоянии его забрала "скорая, "Владелец цветочного магазина Максим Хорошин из больницы: "Били минут 20, по голове и по всему телу. СТРЫМ СВАБОДЫ", "Belarusians Gather For Anti-Lukashenka Rally As Army Issues Warning", "Minsk Police Aware Of Planned Provocations During Protests", "Lithuania to recreate spirit of Baltic Way with human chain for Belarus", "Belarusians fear crackdown on planned day of protest", "Belarus army to take over protection of memorial monuments | The Star", "Как проходит 15-й день митингующей Беларуси. He added that he had read recent statements from Kremlin that it does not intend to interfere militarily. Share page. Minsker Tried For Throwing Flower At Riot Police Officer And Blocking Traffic He managed to send an SOS SMS message to his wife, saying he was arrested. [646], On 17 September, the European Parliament recognized the coordination council as the "interim representation of the people" of Belarus. [589][590], On 22 November, tens of thousands of people gathered in several places around Minsk, chanting "Long live Belarus!" Есть раненый", "Фейки и Молотов: как прошла вторая ночь белорусских протестов", "Belarus Turned Off the Internet. The Ministry of Internal Affairs denied responsibility for Bondarenko's death, saying he was killed due to a scuffle with civilians. Задержания на крыльце Красного костела и "Тры чарапахi" в "Новой Боровой, "Женщины на марше, концерт на "Площади перемен", праздники во дворах и другие события 12 сентября. [698] Journalist Ruslan Kulevich from Grodno, arrested on 11 August, was freed on 14 August with fractures of both hands. In the microdistrict Shabany, a chain of solidarity was dispersed, at least 10 people were detained. [497][498][499][500], Following Lukashenko's inauguration, mass opposition protests broke out in Minsk. Потом я потерял сознание, "Новые санкции, День матери и очереди за цветами. It is the country. Another elderly rescuer had cardiovascular issues. He ended up exhausted on the other side where random people helped him get out of the water onto the riverbank. In many of them, harsh reaction from law enforcement officials towards the opposition was noted, including violence towards girls and women. Protests turned violent with punches and petting at each other. [81] The German Marshall Fund, a US think tank, noted that the protests were more widespread, and more brutally repressed, than previous protests in Belarus. [317] The entrance to the church was blocked by security forces to prevent people from entering or leaving the church. Belarus' President Alexander Lukashenko gestures as he delivers a speech during a rally held to support him in central Minsk, on August 16, 2020. Thousands were estimated to have taken part in small rallies scattered around more than 70 different areas in Minsk. [687], On 6 November 2020, Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe revealed in a letter about the massive and systematic human rights violations and serious cases of torture in Belarus, following the elections, where security forces used excessive violence against protesters. Падзея прайшла без правакацыяў і затрыманьняў", "Могилев. His colleagues rose to the surface and began a rally in his support, holding a poster saying "We will not allow the regime to revive fascism". Как прошел понедельник, МТЗ и другие предприятия объявили забастовки. On 11 August 2020 Molotov cocktails began to be thrown at security officials in Minsk. Upon entering October Square, protesters lined up in a chain of solidarity, while being actively supported with honking from passing cars. ФОТА", "Хроніка пераследу за 27 жніўня. [549][550], On 13 October, on behalf of the Coordination Council, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya declared a 25 October ultimatum threatening Lukashenko with a nationwide strike and civil disobedience actions if he doesn't step down, release all political prisoners and stop the violent crackdown on peaceful demonstrations by the deadline of 25 October 2020. Despite their requests the Minister Yuri Karaev did not come out, and neither did his deputy. A rubber bullet hit the plastic ID of Getty Images' photojournalist Michal Fridman. [86] All but one of the mercenaries, who is a Belarusian national and remains in custody, were deported to Russia on 14 August despite a request from Ukraine for their extradition. [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]. Что произошло 29 августа", "У цэнтры Менску праходзіць жаночы гранд-марш салідарнасьці. [112][113], Five days later, the Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta wrote that the beatings and arrests that occurred on 10 August 2020, were ordered by the retired commander of Military Unit 3214 of the Internal Troops of Belarus, Dmitri Pavlichenko. [716] Independent news web sites naviny.by and nn.by (Nasha Niva) were blocked in Belarus. and "Murderers!". Riot police officers stand guard during a protest the day after the presidential election, in Minsk, Belarus, Aug. 10, 2020. За это их задержали", "Видео жесткого задержания в кофейне O'Petit: силовики в гражданском разбили дверь и достали людей", "Глава ГУБОПиК МВД лично разбил стекло в кафе, чтобы задержать людей", "МВД: в воскресенье по стране задержаны 633 человека", "МВД Белоруссии сообщило о задержании 633 участников воскресных акций протеста", "Belarus protest leader 'abducted' after mass anti-gov't march", "Belarus opposition figure detained at Ukraine border", "Maria Kolesnikova 'ripped up passport' during deportation attempt", "Члены Координационного совета Родненков и Кравцов — в Киеве. [383] He reassured the people that Belarus would hinder sanctions from Baltic countries and mentioned the closure of borders in Brest and Grodno as a potential counteract to the sanctions. [92], On 11 August, it was reported that police officers and other government agents forcibly took away memory cards from many journalists' devices. м. Belarus riot police attack and arrest students. Traffic in Minsk was halted by a drivers strike honking their horns and abandoning their vehicles in support of protesters. The security forces' actions were characterized by increased brutality in comparison to the previous Sunday marches and involved mass detentions of journalists, severe beatings of detainees, employment of stun grenades, tear gas, rubber bullets and water canons with colored water, which led to some of the witnesses comparing these events to the events of 9–12 August. [306][307][308] At the same time, mobile internet was turned off in Minsk at the request of the authorities. This was the first time in 29 days of protests when damage was done to a public property. [523], On 6 October, Tsikhanouskaya traveled to Berlin to meet with Chancellor Angela Merkel. [324][325] Female demonstrators were allowed to leave the square. Riot police block protesters in front of a Catholic church in Minsk, Belarus, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020. [552][553], On 14 October, Mother's Day in Belarus, hundreds of women gathered at Independence Square near the Red Church in Minsk for the "March of mothers" rally. [253][254][255][256] It has been reported that Alexander Lukashenko is in residence at the Independence Palace. [387] The Mozyr Oil Refinery director decided to close its main building after receiving a letter signed by 1,200 personnel concerned about police brutality in the region. Корреспонденты выходят на свободу", "БАЖ протестует в связи с арестами и обвинительными постановлениями суда в отношении журналистов". Separately, NEXTA released seven entries contained personal information, including addresses and phone numbers, belonging to members of the special anti-terror unit of the interior ministry. The statement underlined the lack of information about the detainees' status and called for the government to stop unlawfully detaining people. Hundreds of students also rallied on university campuses in Minsk while clapping, chanting and forming solidarity chains. В Белоруссии придумали новый формат протестов — видео", "На акции в Солигорске задержаны около 20 человек, в том числе журналисты", "Санкции от Украины и новые политзаключенные. Объясняем, что это может быть, "Belarus protests enter their seventh week with 100,000 people on the street", "Belarus sees another massive Sunday protest after opposition leader detained", "Police in Belarus detained 442 people at protests on Sunday – ministry", "Over 400 people detained at Sunday's rallies in Belarus", "Lukashenko abruptly sworn in, Belarus opposition calls for more protests", "Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland on Twitter", "Belarus: Water cannons disperse protesters denouncing Lukashenko's secret inauguration", "Belarus: Mass protests after Lukashenko secretly sworn in", "Belarusian "Kalykhanka" Told Children Story How Greedy Character Fell From Throne", "Число участников акции протеста в Минске превысило 100 тысяч человек", "Число протестующих в Минске превысило 100 тысяч", "Число участников акции протеста в Минске превысило 100 тысяч", "Спіс затрыманых на мірных акцыях пратэсту 27 верасня", "Тихановская встречается с Макроном в Вильнюсе", "В Молодечно дали 3 года колонии двум жителям за драку с ОМОНовцем, который достал пистолет", "В Гомеле к многодетной семье пришли с обыском, им "шьют" уголовное дело", "Мининформ приостанавливает статус СМИ для TUT.BY на три месяца с 1 октября", "Главред TUT.BY — о действиях властей в отношении независимых СМИ: "Это зачистка информационного поля, "Облегчённая версия. [251] The rally later passed the museum where Maria Kolesnikova urged participants to not antagonize security personnel. So lets say you bring down the government. They carried the white-red-white flags and shouted "Freedom for political prisoners!" The resolution also declares that Lukashenko is an "illegitimate leader". Police officers with OMON equipment quickly intervened, detaining, beating and using pepperspray gas against the protesters. Minsk, 20 September, Government forces slowly cut the protesting crowd a few minutes before the suppression began. [565] According to Russian news agencies, at least 10 stun grenades were used. "[645], Dmitry Peskov, spokesperson for Russian President Vladimir Putin welcomed the fact that the leadership of the Coordination Council did not want to reduce their ties with Russia and instead hoped to continue with good bilateral relationships between the two countries. Security forces arrested around 3,000 people overnight. There were reports of arrests. [572] The Interior Ministry of Belarus said that about 300 people were detained in Minsk and the Minsk region for breaking laws on mass gatherings. The crowd of retirees in Minsk were demanding that President Alexander Lukashenko resign after he won a sixth term in office in an election the opposition says was rigged. [244][245] Similar rallies were also organized in other cities and towns across the country. [443][444], On 10 September, a law was passed by the Lithuanian Parliament to recognise Tsikhanouskaya as the "elected leader of the people of Belarus" and the Coordination Council as the "only legitimate representatives of the Belarusian people". [381] In Mogilev and Kalinkavichy, some of the local protest leaders were detained by riot police. [708][709][710], As of 21 August, the Belarusian edition of Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper failed to print three editions, and Narodnaja Volya failed to print a newspaper edition (both newspapers had a contract with the government-controlled printing house). Police used batons and rubber bullets to disperse the crowds. Minsk, 15 November, 2020–2021 protests against the re-election of Alexander Lukashenko, It has been suggested that this section be. "[501][502], On 25 September, a children's show on the state-owned Belarus 3 TV network allegedly took a swipe at Lukashenko by telling the tale of a teddy bear assuming the throne, not wanting to let go of power and constantly asking for pie, and eventually losing power to a fox. Пострадали несколько журналистов, Протесты в Беларуси: после третьей ночи столкновений запретили пиротехнику, "Корреспондент Znak.com Никита Телиженко был избит в ИВС Жодинского района Белоруссии", "Координатору "Открытой России", задержанному в Белоруссии, грозит до 15 лет колонии", В Гомеле арестовали журналиста Евгения Меркиса, "Задержанному в пятницу в Гомеле журналисту-фрилансеру дали 5 суток", "У журналіста hrodna.life Руслана Кулевіча пераломы абедзвюх рук", "How messenger app bypassed Belarus news blackout", "Belarus election: How Nexta channel bypassed news blackout", "Criminal case launched against NEXTA. [676], According to numerous publications, the suppression of the 2020 Belarusian protests was accompanied by extreme police violence and systematic violation of human rights throughout stages of the detention process. [153] Slovak President Zuzana Čaputová tweeted a message of support for the protesters; the Presidential Palace in Bratislava was illuminated in the colours of the historical flag of Belarus. Minutes later, people in civilian clothes began to detain the protesters. 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. Nina!" Belarus election – Riots erupt as Europe’s last dictator Alexander Lukashenko wins landslide in ‘rigged’ vote. [712] New editions of Komsomolskaya Pravda and Narodnaja Volya were printed in Russia, but the state network of newsstands "Belsoyuzpechat'" denied to take them for sale. Individuals trying to break police cordons were severely beaten and then detained. 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The crowd of pensioners in Minsk that demanded President Alexander Lukashenko to resign ran into police cordons along the route of the march and divided into smaller groups that went into different directions. [376] The Belarusian ambassador for Spain was removed from his post after saying that the votes from the presidential election should be recounted and that "open court hearings" should proceed against police officers accused of excessive force and torture. [citation needed] In Brest, they also reported "a group of aggressively minded citizens with fittings in their hands attacked police officers." The journalists wore special high visibility jackets and had personal IDs. Similar rallies are also planned to take place in regional capitals where opponents were asked to gather at regional administrative headquarters. [165], On 17 August, Lukashenko was booed and shouted at when he gave a speech at a Minsk wheel tractor plant. [713], On 27 August, around 20 journalists, from both local and international media, were detained on Freedom Square in Minsk. [510] In Gomel, the wife of a local activist, Natalia, was detained after her husband had been convicted of participating in the "March of 97%" on 27 September, and their children were put in foster care, which, according to Natalia, who herself had nothing to do with the protest, was a tactic employed by the local police to prevent people from organizing more protests out of fear for the safety of their relatives. [310] The Catholic Auxiliary Bishop of Minsk-Mogilev, Yuri Kasabutsky, protested against the actions of the security forces, calling them illegal. [749][750] President of the European Council Charles Michel spoke on 19 August about interference in Belarus, "It’s important for both the EU and Russia to support the democratic process in Belarus. Hundreds of retirees rallied in the Belarusian capital on Monday against the country's authoritarian leader, as security forces … However, no details about the ongoing investigation were ever revealed. In return Lukashenko announced plans to make a statement to the CSTO and EAEU about the events in Belarus after the elections, and also promised Vladimir Putin to inform him in detail about the protests in Minsk during the talks. [188][189] The Belarusian ambassador to Slovakia, Igor Leshchenya, resigned,[190] along with four other diplomats. and that his previous support for the regime was a "delusion" and "betrayal". Lavrov urged Ukraine to investigate the presence of 200 trained extremists currently found in Belarus and allegedly sent there by the Ukrainian government. In response, Putin warned Merkel that foreign interference in the ex-Soviet state would be unacceptable. [305][306] At around 20:30, security forces began to disperse the crowd, encircling demonstrators and detaining several people. [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. [485], On 20 September, about 100,000 people gathered in Minsk. [531][532] Alexander Lukashenko met with some the imprisoned lead opposition figures, including Viktar Babaryka and Sergei Tikhanovsky, at the Amerikanka KGB detention center, reportedly, to discuss the details of the future constitutional reform. [78] Lukashenko accused Russia of lying about the arrested "mercenaries", saying "So far there is no open warfare, no shooting, the trigger has not yet been pulled, but an attempt to organize a massacre in the centre of Minsk is already obvious. The condition of the body suggested that Krivtsov had been dead for about a week. [475], On the same day, Russo-Belarusian military exercises began at the Brestsky training ground under the codename "Slavic Brotherhood-2020". [393], On 3 September, in the morning, near the spontaneous memorial at the site of the death of Alexander Taraikovsky near the Pushkinskaya metro station, utilities, under the supervision of police officers and law enforcement officers in civilian clothes, covered the inscription "We will not forget" with salt and removed all the flowers put there by civilians the previous night. Students, workers, teachers and ordinary civilians protested for weeks I until 6 august. [223] Lukashenko has called some of the protesters "Nazis". [204] Natalya Volvacheva, the headmaster of Polotsk school No. [242] Opposition rallies were also held in Grodno and Brest. People organized a solidarity rally near Komarovsky market and about a thousand protesters marched on Vera Khoruzhaya, Kuibyshev streets. Press briefing notes on Belarus, 13 November 2020 Format News and Press Release Source. [446] Later, employees of Belaruskali learned that Yuri Korzun was forcibly released and taken out of the mine, after which he was sent by ambulance to the emergency room of the Saligorsk Central Regional Hospital. The other was almost unconscious. In downtown Minsk around 17:00, young women and men started forming chains while dressed in white, bearing flowers and anti-Lukashenko posters. "[574], On 2 November, more than 1,000 demonstrators took part in a march in Minsk. Many have commented about the protests with more condemning the violence. The rally concluded sometime after 18:30 at the newly formed "Kolesnikova Square" public space, where a concert was given by the Belarusian folk rock band Dzieciuki. Mikalai face can be seen badly beaten while making the confession he can be seen with a black eye. It was also reported that a policewoman abused an arrested woman there. Thousands of workers of Minsk Tractor Works (MTZ), Minsk Automobile Works (MAZ), Minsk Motor Works (MMZ; ru), Minsk electrotechnical factory (METZ; ru) and other factories marched through the city to the headquarters of the biggest state TV company and other locations. They were expected to last until 25 September. At 18:00, part of the protesters marched in circle through Nemiga Street and returned to Independence Square. [424][425] During the protests in Minsk, several people took refuge in the O'Petit coffee shop on Nemiga Street, locking all the doors from the inside. Mobile internet was shut off for about the same period of time, as usual. The Associated Press released a video showing the moment when Alexander Taraikovsky was killed. [473] The encounter of both heads of state took place at Bocharov Ruchey residence, the result of which was Russia granting Belarus a loan of US$1.5 billion. Основатель IT-компании объявил об эвакуации сотрудников из страны", "По всему Минску протестуют студенты. [123], On 12 August, people in Minsk and later in other cities started to line up on streets to protest against the government's brutal suppression. [720][721], Photographers working for the Russian state-owned agencies Komsomolskaya Pravda and TASS were detained on 12 October during the second seniors' march. He had previously been arrested for serious crimes.[114]. [767][768] In a few isolated cases pro-Lukashenko demonstrators have used the flag of Russia, the Banner of Victory against Nazi Germany, the flag of the Soviet Union and the Ribbon of Saint George. [430] The following day, it was reported by Belarusian officials that Maria Kalesnikava was detained at the border with Ukraine while trying to cross the border with two of her associates, Anton Rodnenkov and Ivan Kravtsov. 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