[547] Vladimir Zaryankin, son of the mayor of Vitebsk, was detained in Minsk and had his car vandalized by unidentified men in balaklavas. [225] At the same time, a separate rally was also held at the Lenin monument in front of the Government House in Minsk, only to be outnumbered by anti-Lukashenko demonstrators. Instead, they're being mercilessly beaten and detained ǀ View", "Барабаны, все флаги вместе и "слово пацана". [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]. [289], 25 August marked the 29th anniversary of the declaration of independence of Belarus from the Soviet Union and the re-adoption of the white-red-white flag. Share page. to nearby riot patrols for not interfering. Share. [54], On 17 August, Tsikhanouskaya released a video in which she stated that she is ready to lead a transitional government[171][640] and to organise a new, free and fair presidential election. 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[769][768][770], Historic coat of arms of Belarus known as the Pahonia, Variant of the former flag of Belarus with the Pahonia coat of arms, Heraldic banner of the Pahonia coat of arms, Rally in support of Tsikhanoŭskaya, 30 July, Local lines of solidarity during mass protests in Minsk, 13 August, Local lines of solidarity in Minsk, 14 August, "Wall of shame" near a school with diplomas issued by the school, graduate sashes and protest inscriptions. Several people wore Santa Claus costumes and masks. But hundreds more will replace those who have been torn from our ranks. If you call it interference, then those who do not recognize the election also interfere in the affairs of Belarus. During demonstrations demanding the release of prisoners and the resignation of the government on 2–3 June, police arrested and used pepper-spray on demonstrators to disperse them. Similar to SoftSwiss, in August 2020, Gismart began to move its Belarus-based employees out of the country. [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"). [73], During an interview, Lukashenko claimed that the opposition protests were a part of a plot[74] orchestrated by foreigners, whom he suggested might be Americans, NATO members, Russians, or even Ukrainians. [508], On 29 September, Tsikhanouskaya met with president Emmanuel Macron in Vilnius, where they discussed the overall situation in Belarus, Russia's involvement, as well as possible ways to resolve the crisis. Protests were also held in other towns and cities across Belarus, including Barysau, Homel, Hrodna, Salihorsk, Smilovichi, Navapolatsk and Brest. However, people still managed to get together and march along Victors Avenue toward the Independence Palace. [649] In November, NAM published internal reports from the Belarusian Ministry of Internal Affairs showing that 4000 complaints for torture and other illegal actions by security forces had been submitted between 9 August and 9 November but all had been ignored by the ministry. Freelance journalist Andrei Tolchin was also detained in Gomel while cooperating with BelSat. [560][561][558][562], Protests continued on 19 October, when an estimated 3,000 retirees marched through Minsk while carrying flowers and chanting slogans demanding the resignation of Lukashenko, such as "Go away!". Minsk, 20 September, Government forces slowly cut the protesting crowd a few minutes before the suppression began. One of the industries most affected by the government's reactions to protests is the Belarusian IT industry. [223] Lukashenko has called some of the protesters "Nazis". [727], On 3 December, a court in Minsk stripped TUT.BY of its media license over allegedly spreading "false information."[728]. Директора забрали", "В Минске засыпали солью место гибели протестующего. Most of his respondents expressed disagreement with Lukashenko and the current government. [192] The Government of the Republic of Estonia confirmed that they did not recognise the election results. He was sentenced to 10 days in prison but wasn't given proper medical attention in time. [348] Opponents of Lukashenko have been asked to bring appropriate birthday gifts and to leave these at Lukashenko's official residences around the country. He had previously been arrested for serious crimes.[114]. She and her supporters refused to recognize the result, saying the vote was riddled with fraud. [271] The official representative of the Ministry of Internal Affairs claimed that 30,000 people attended pro-government demonstrations in the past day, against 6,100 attending anti-government demonstrations. The Belarusian riot police were seen throwing stun grenades into crowds of protesters, chasing people through courtyards and making detentions. Section BBC News. A statement by the United Nations Human Rights Office on 1 September cited more than 450 documented cases of torture and ill-treatment of detainees, as well as reports of sexual abuse and rape. [243], On 23 August, a rally of approximately 250,000 people dubbed "the march for a new Belarus" began at 14:00 in Minsk and headed towards Independence Square. Note the orange-black pro-Putin NOD flag. Police claim that Krivtsov committed suicide, but his family do not believe them. "Массовые задержания и применение газа. They used it to suppress the protests as people were chased in the suburbs all night. Girls shouted opposition slogans at the train conductors who greeted them with honks. [98] It was hard to estimate the number of protesters in Minsk because the protesters were not concentrated in a single spot. В Минске на прессу составляют протоколы", "Водометы, жесткие задержания, взрывы и стрельба. According to Russia's press service statement issued on 19 August 2020, "Russia pointed out that foreign attempts to interfere in the country’s domestic affairs were unacceptable and could further escalate tensions". [753], Mikita Mikado, the CEO of PandaDoc, which has Belarusian roots, offered to support authorities (police officers, army and security forces) that want to retire, but cannot because for financial reasons. [108] According to a statement by the Belarusian Association of Journalists, on 10 August, internal troops and other government forces deliberately shot rubber bullets at independent journalists in Minsk (including Tut.by and Nasha Niva). On 19 November, the EU announced an upcoming list of sanctions targeting the country's firms and entrepreneurs that finance Lukashenko. Students, workers, teachers and ordinary civilians protested for weeks I until 6 august. She stated, "Impunity will not last forever… No one will be able to deprive hundreds of thousands of people who are striving for justice from speaking out. Government forces responded by tear-gassing the protesters and using flashbangs. The administration insisted that, from now on, employees of the Security Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs will be guarding the educational institution, and that a corresponding agreement has been concluded. [102] Some of the protesters were seriously injured, with at least 50 protesters being taken to the hospital, some of them were in critical condition and one of the protesters died. . 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. Ректор МГЛУ покинула встречу со студентами и их родителями под крики "Позор! 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. November 30, 2020. [345] Independent media sources reported a large build up of military vehicles and security personnel around Minsk with access to public squares being fenced off and roads being blocked. [206][207] Human Rights Watch noted that most of the protests had been peaceful and described the police round-ups as "systemically brutal. [530], On 10 October, another Women's March took place in Minsk. Thousands were estimated to have taken part in small rallies scattered around more than 70 different areas in Minsk. ... charging them with participating in mass riots and violence against police officers. According to the Internal Affairs Directorate of the Vitebsk Regional Executive Committee, seven people were detained in Polotsk and Novopolotsk during "unauthorized mass events". Many of the protesters carried the red-and-white flag or banners. [99] That night in Minsk, security forces were dropping grenades near people, and some people received critical injuries. These newspapers also reported that the post service delayed the delivery by subscription. The report also stated to hold new Presidential elections and initiated an investigation into allegations of torture. [632], On 10 January, protests were reported in Minsk, Vitebsk, Brest, Hrodna and Mahiliou. [313] In the afternoon, around 20 journalists, from both local and international media, were detained on Freedom Square in Minsk. [106], As the protests swept across Belarus following the election results, the primary opposition candidate Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya published a video saying that she left Belarus for Lithuania. [63][61] Of the five elections won by Lukashenko, only the first in 1994 was credibly deemed free and fair by international monitors. In many of them, harsh reaction from law enforcement officials towards the opposition was noted, including violence towards girls and women. 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[327] A pro-Lukashenko bike ride was held in Minsk led by Alexander Lukashenko's son Viktor Lukashenko. [385] A similar address came out of the Grodno meat-processing factory, where over 800 workers signed a letter of protest directed at Lukashenko. [374] Metropolitan Kondrusiewicz had earlier stated that he believed the presidential election had been dishonest. At least 155 people were detained. [577][578][579], On 13 November, thousands of people rallied in Minsk and other Belarusian cities following the death of a 31-year-old opposition supporter who reportedly was beaten by security forces. A number of detainees were overpowered and beaten by people in civilian clothes wearing bulletproof vests and armed with batons. The authorities claim they released 385 detainees later the same night.[483][484]. [273][274][275][276] Three other presidium members, Svetlana Alexievich, Lilia Vlasova and Pavel Latushko, were also summoned for questioning. His body was found on 22 August near Minsk. [697] He was liberated soon, but on 21 August he was arrested again and was given 5 days in jail. Онлайн", "В Бресте милиция стреляла в протестующих из табельного оружия на поражение. 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 include restrictive measures imposed on the head of Belarusian state television, Ivan Eismant, Deputy Prime Minister Anatol Sivak, Information Minister Ihar Lutsky, and 26 other individuals. [322] The demonstration was broken up by security forces, which had encircled the square. The 2020–2021 Belarusian protests are a series of ongoing political demonstrations and protests against the Belarusian government and President Alexander Lukashenko. [751], On 18 September 2020, Belarus Foreign Minister accused United Nations Human Rights Council of meddling in Belarus internal affairs over the UN Human Rights Council's resolution calling for the close monitoring of alleged rights violations in Belarus. and carrying signs and the white-red-white flags. Што адбываецца ў Беларусі", "Марш супраць забойстваў і гвалту ў Берасьці. Нешта фантастычнае на Стэле. [523], On 6 October, Tsikhanouskaya traveled to Berlin to meet with Chancellor Angela Merkel. [115] The Ministry of Internal Affairs confirmed that it used live ammunition against protesters in Brest. [589][590], On 22 November, tens of thousands of people gathered in several places around Minsk, chanting "Long live Belarus!" At least 20 protests took place in Minsk. Minsk, 20 September, Use of water cannons in Minsk, 4 October. Они рассказали, как покинули Беларусь", "Марш в поддержку Колесниковой омрачен задержаниями женщин", "Разгон акций на Комаровке и Машерова. [321], On 28 August, anti-Lukashenko demonstrators again gathered on Independence Square in Minsk. A ZS-82 sound broadcasting station with a powerful loudspeaker was installed on a BRDM-2 reconnaissance patrol car, through which Soviet songs were played. [99], It was one of the biggest protests since Belarus' independence. Па адчуванням, іх тут разы ў чатыры больш, чым было на лукашэнкаўскім мітынгу. and waving red-and-white opposition flags. [310] The Catholic Auxiliary Bishop of Minsk-Mogilev, Yuri Kasabutsky, protested against the actions of the security forces, calling them illegal. Several journalists were detained at the rally. On 23 July Lukashenko during a meeting with the leaders of the country's economic bloc, his main concern was that the BBC and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty had encouraged riots while streaming protests and threatened to expel media and ban them from reporting on the election. 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