Some of the protesters tried to hide inside their own apartments, which were then raided by police. [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. A crowd of demonstrators later formed on Independence Square outside the church which was surrounded by the security forces. On 29 July, 33 alleged mercenaries from the Wagner Group, a Russian private military company, were arrested in a sanatorium near Minsk. [509] Two people involved in the 19 June police resistance incident which occurred during a chain of solidarity dispersal attempt in Molodechno were sentenced to 3 years and 3 months of imprisonment. [217], On 20 August, Alexander Konyuk, Prosecutor General of Belarus, initiated criminal proceedings against the members of the Coordination Council under Article 361 of the Belarusian Criminal Code, on the grounds of attempting to seize state power and harming national security. Elderly women and men protested daily till the elections. [199] In a statement made on 18 August 2020, Prime Minister Roman Golovchenko stated that, "to date, all enterprises in the real sector of the economy are operating normally, conveyors are not stopped anywhere. [410] The press service of the Coordination Council announced the departure of Olga Kovalkova to Poland. [193], Workers from various additional factories and postal workers joined the strikes and the Komsomolskaya Pravda v Belorusi newspaper said it was unable to print its Tuesday edition focusing on historic protests over the weekend, before announcing it had secured another printer that would produce its print edition a day late. Что происходит в Беларуси 12 октября", "МВД сообщило о задержании блогера, активиста анархистского движения Николая Дедка", "Неизвестные получили доступ к Telegram-каналу анархиста Дедка. [114] BBC News Russia reported that three of its journalists were beaten by the government forces that night while covering the protests. [761][760][762], 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. [222] Lukashenko has called some of the protesters "Nazis". [236] A small number of cars could also be seen waving the state flag by Independence Square in Minsk. Ignoring contract termination warnings, some of them also went on strike that day. Lavrov urged Ukraine to investigate the presence of 200 trained extremists currently found in Belarus and allegedly sent there by the Ukrainian government. This was announced by the search and rescue squad "Angel". [441] Svetlana Alexievich alerted the press that "men in black masks" were trying to enter her apartment in central Minsk. As result, the crowd has initially split on Victors Ave until a larger rally came from Drozdy, forcing police to use truncheons, rubber bullets and flash-bang grenades in order to stop them. Mass protests have gripped Belarus, an ex-Soviet nation of 9.5 million people, ever since official results from the Aug. 9 presidential election gave Lukashenko a landslide victory over his widely popular opponent, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya. 5, also resigned in protest, saying, "My colleagues have been broken down by threats, turned into criminals, and made hostages of the system". According to his wife, Sergei stopped communicating after 13:00, saying that police officers were going to talk to him. [174] The Prime Minister of Belarus, Roman Golovchenko, and cabinet resigned in accordance with the constitution following an election. He faces up to 15 years in prison", "Riot police took custody of the Minsk television centre", "Belarus: Thousands protest outside state TV building", "Lukashenko says Putin has offered help as Belarus gears for 'March of Freedom, "Minsk border guards watched journalists like they were prisoners", "В Беларуси ограничили доступ к десяткам сайтов. [703], On 21 August 72 or 73 websites were blocked in Belarus, including several independent news portals (Radio Liberty/Free Europe in Belarus svaboda.org, by.tribuna.com sport news, euroradio.fm, belsat.eu, gazetaby.com, the-village.me/news and others), electoral sites of Tsepkalo and Babaryko, "Golos" and "Zubr" platforms, spring96.org human rights portal, and several VPN services. [63], During the 2020 presidential campaign, presidential candidate Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya stated that the people of Belarus had to find a way to protect their vote. [89], On 6 August an estimated 5,000 peaceful protesters took to the streets in Minsk, waving white ribbons, calling for free and fair elections. [120][656][657][658], Also on or about 12 August, 28-year-old Nikita Krivtsov disappeared. The Ministry of Internal Affairs said 40 people were detained in Minsk. То бок, тут ужо 200–300 тысяч чалавек, і людзі працягваюць падыходзіць! According to Borrell, up to date no positive signs were seen from the regime and the new measures will increase economic pressure on the self-proclaimed president. According to the statement, such actions suggested crimes against humanity. "Массовые задержания и применение газа. [593][594][595], On 24 November, a well known anarchist organizer and protester Mikalai Dzyadok, was arrested. The 2020–2021 Belarusian protests are a series of ongoing political demonstrations and protests against the Belarusian government and President Alexander Lukashenko. He had a heart condition and wasn't given proper medical attention in time. [168] The joint statement also proclaimed that reliable information showed that Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya won the election. A wave of near-daily protests broke out in August after a presidential election which officials said gave Lukashenko a sixth term in office but that opponents say was manipulated. The President allegedly used security forces to stop demonstrators from gathering and warned that his government "would not back down. 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. [542] According to the Belarusian Ministry of Internal Affairs, 713 protesters were detained on 11 October, with 25 protest actions registered across the country. Силовики применили спецсредства", "Милиция подтвердила применение газа и светошумовых патронов против пенсионеров", "Belarusian police to use lethal weapons against protesters if necessary", "Горящие покрышки и стрельба. That decision was met with crowds in solidarity with the journalists outside the State courthouse. The motives for the man’s act were not immediately clear and investigators were working to establish the background, the Belarusian Investigative Committee said in a statement. On 19 November, the EU announced an upcoming list of sanctions targeting the country's firms and entrepreneurs that finance Lukashenko. [28] The Belarusian Interior Ministry claimed a turnout of 65,000 at the pro-Lukashenko rally. [142], There were multiple incidents of police expressing support for and even embracing protesters. [362] Rather than dispersing, the demonstrators began to place gifts, such as cardboard cutouts of cockroaches, police vans, helicopters and white slippers for Lukashenko in front of the police line. The list includes 726 persons, Putilo and Protasevich are the only Belarusian citizen in it. [161], 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,[162] opening a possibility of Belarus being taken over through annexation or as a "union state". [707] Two other independent newspapers (Belgazeta and Svobodnye Novosti) also were unable to print new editions in Belarus. A woman stands in a street as police gather to block protesters during a mass protest following presidential elections in Minsk, Belarus, Monday, Aug. 10, 2020. Police with dogs patrolled the streets, water cannon were deployed. Most of his respondents expressed disagreement with Lukashenko and the current government. [392], 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. Mikalai face can be seen badly beaten while making the confession he can be seen with a black eye. [60][61], Lukashenko had faced a greater public opposition amid his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, which Lukashenko has denied as a serious threat. 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. [297][298] An employee of the Belarusian embassy in India was fired after declaring his support for the protests. Фото и видео", "В Минске мотоциклисты ГАИ въехали в "колючку", а та порвалась и окутала женщину. [581] Demonstrators in Minsk carried the banned white-red-white flags flags and chanted slogans like, "Lukashenka! [574] About 60 doctors and other health-care workers gathered against Lukashenka were taken away to police stations. He was admitted to the intensive care unit of the Minsk BHMP (Ambulance Hospital) on 12 November 2020 at 00:05, where he was diagnosed with a severe closed traumatic brain injury, the acute subdural hematomas of the head, cerebral hemorrhage, and multiple soft tissue injuries. Similar actions took place in BSUIR, BSU, BSUE, MSLU, GrSU and other universities of the country. Moreover, there are no statements on the part of Russia, apart from the recognition of the election results. ", "У Стелы в Минске сейчас находится более 300 тысяч человек", "Мінск. At about 5:30 pm, the protesters began to disperse with the words "See you tomorrow!". A small group of demonstrators managed to regroup at a Christmas tree on Independence Square. [399] A number of MSLU students were detained after performing a song from the musical "Les Misérables" in the lobby of their educational institution. Countries and organisations have voiced their opinions with some accepting and some rejecting the election result. On 27 May, protesters marched and clapped throughout the country and police then clashed. There were reports of detentions in Minsk, Brest and Svietlahorsk At least eight employees of the station of the water rescue organization located on Lake Komsomolskoye were taken to the Central District Department in Minsk. [209] Belarus and Russia are members of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO), a Russia-led military alliance of six former Soviet states,[740] and part of a Belarus–Russia Union State. [5], Tsikhanouskaya stated that the council should be made of "civil society activists, respected Belarusians and professionals" to handle the transfer of power from Lukashenko. [449] Students of the University came out onto the porch with solidarity banners in support of detained Belsky. Some of the cases were supported by audio or video evidence. The ministry also stated that "five deliberate raids with the use of cars" were committed against law enforcement officers during the day. [630], On 10 January, protests were reported in Minsk, Vitebsk, Brest, Hrodna and Mahiliou. He ended up exhausted on the other side where random people helped him get out of the water onto the riverbank. [713], On 1 September, 6 Belarusian journalists who covered the protest march of students in Minsk were detained. "Like all my friends, I admire and, with all my heart, support those people who took to the streets of Belarusian cities", she said. [204], Over 200 Belarusian sportsmen and sportswomen, sports journalists and employees of the sports sphere (Yelena Leuchanka, Nikolai Kozeko, Volha Mazuronak, Maryna Arzamasova, Aliaksandra Ramanouskaya, Stepan Popov, and many others) signed an open letter to Alexander Lukashenko, where, among other things, demanded that the last presidential election be invalidated, all the persons detained during the protests be released, all the political prisoners be released and rehabilitated, and those responsible of the beatings and "bestial abuses" of the detainees be identified and punished. A number of other factories suspended work temporarily (warning strike) or organized rallies with political demands (including Naftan [ru] oil refinery and "Polimir" chemical factory in Novapolatsk, glass fiber factory in Polatsk, Grodno-Azot fertilizer factory). Local media reported several dozen meeting points were planned across Minsk and in other cities. [624][625][626], On 27 December, the March of Balloons took place in Minsk, people throughout Belarus are releasing white-red-white balloons, flags and other symbols into the sky. All quotes delayed a minimum of 15 minutes. You care so much about your surroundings ... no problem, we can kill the ruble and start blocking the accounts of your close friends. Some of the protesters tried to save themselves by jumping into the lake and were subsequently rescued by the local safety volunteers who transported them to the other side of the lake. 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. Protests erupted after official exit polls were released late Sunday, granting a sixth term to Lukashenko, who has ruled Belarus for 26 years and earned the nickname "Europe's last dictator. They carried the white-red-white flags and chanted "Go away, rat! Both Kovalkova and Sergei Dylevsky were sentenced to 10 days imprisonment. The original story, published in 1923,[67] concerns a dictatorial yet fragile insect and his brief, chaotic reign of terror over all the other animals. Protesters showing resistance were pulled back through the police line and put in detention vans. On 2 October, the EU imposed sanctions on 40 Belarusian officials. 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. [543], On 12 October, a traditional "March of the Seniors" took place in Minsk and other regional centers, this time met with active police counter-action, including employment of tear gas and stun grenades. [70], Tikhanovsky traveled across Belarus and streamed interviews with random people on his YouTube channel Country for life (Russian: Страна для жизни, romanized: Strana dlya zhizni). In an effort to avoid arrest by Lukashenka's security forces, protesters have resorted to so-called "flash-mob" tactics, gathering at locations announced on social media at the last minute. With the help of caring citizens and security officials, the woman was untangled and handed over to doctors. According to the Internal Affairs Directorate of the Vitebsk Regional Executive Committee, seven people were detained in Polotsk and Novopolotsk during "unauthorized mass events". Что происходит в Беларуси 14 октября", "Шахтёр Александр Курбан приковал себя в шахте", "Шахтера "Беларуськалия", приковавшего себя цепями в забое, подняли на поверхность и привезли в больницу", "Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya on wanted list in Belarus, Russia", "Over 50,000 march in Belarus against authoritarian leader", "Police in Belarus detained 280 people at protests on Sunday: ministry", "Belarus: Thousands turn out for protests despite police threat to open fire", "Партизанский, Ванеева, Серебрянка. [515] Although female protesters deliberately decided not to wear white-red-white clothes and not to show such symbols, bringing with them only flowers and cardboard posters, the riot police and "tikhari" were still present, and some detentions still took place. [415] Columns of military and special equipment (including armored personnel carriers) with UAZ trailers were unwinding barbed wire around Independence Square in Minsk. (Жыве Беларусь!, romanised: Žyvie Biełaruś!). 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