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Around Renaissance Hotel, protesters were met with another police barrier, this time followed by military personnel in carriers who issued a warning to open fire. AP опубликовало кадр из видео с гибелью Александра Тарайковского на «Пушкинской», "Belarus election: protests register their first fatality", В Минске попрощались с погибшим на протестах на «Пушкинской» Александром Тарайковским, "Опубликовано видео, как в Минске погиб Александр Тарайковский. [389] The Catholic Synod of Eastern Europe released a statement calling the entry denial of archbishop Kondrusiewicz "unacceptable" and asked the European Human Rights Board to intervene. У него ничего не было в руках — МВД утверждало, что он бросал бомбу", Associated Press опубликовало снимок с протестов в Минске. "[573] 1 November marked the "13th Sunday" of the 2020 Belarusian protests. The two founders as well as two programmers were detained following these events. Outside one subway station in central Minsk, demonstrators were met with flashbang grenades. People argue with police during a rally after the Belarusian presidential election in Minsk, Belarus, late Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020. [563], On 25 October, about 100,000 people joined the "People's Ultimatum march" in Minsk. A Russian blogger and journalist, Alexei Romanov, was among them at that time. People with old Belarusian national flags march during a protest Sept. 27 in Minsk against the official presidential election results. [615][616][617][618], On 14 December, the "Wisdom March" took place in Minsk. Людзі прайшлі ад Савецкай плошчы да плошчы Леніна па цэнтры гораду. Police blocked the protesters along their planned route, divided them into smaller groups. [75], As soon as Babaryka was detained by authorities, people started walking in the streets to demonstrate their disagreement. According to the TASS news agency, French President Emmanuel Macron also held talks with Vladimir Putin, both leaders expressing their interest in the normalisation of the situation in Belarus. Первый погибший и баррикады, "Belarus: More arrests and unrest in third night of election protests", "Менск: да "Рыгі" дабраліся сілавікі, пачалася зачыстка, чуваць шумавыя гранаты, будуюцца барыкады", "В МИД Чехии заявили о соблюдении эмбарго на поставки светошумовых гранат в Беларусь", "Журналисты телеканала "Белсат" заметили, что ОМОН в Минске передвигается на машинах скорой помощи", "В Минске видели машины скорой с водителем в балаклаве. We are part of the people of Belarus and we believe that the time has come for IT specialists to support those who suffered during the peaceful protests. At the request of law enforcement officers, the journalists crossed the street and marched down the Gorodskoy Val. "No one will remain anonymous even under a balaclava," it said. Как проходит 3 октября в Беларуси", "Tens of thousands rally in Minsk, police use water cannon", "Воскресенье в Беларуси: десятки тысяч людей на улицах, задержания и неисправные водометы", "МВД: Сотрудники милиции 4 октября будут работать в усиленном режиме из-за акций протеста", "Belarus Police Use Water Cannon in Minsk, Detain Protesters", "Акции пенсионеров и студентов, вторая волна COVID-19, game over. Trwają protesty [relacja z Mińska]", Опровергает версию МВД. [169], On the same day, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya released a video in which she stated that she was ready to lead a transitional government[170] and organize a new, free and fair presidential election. The self-proclaimed guerrilla society Cyber-Partizan have already taken responsibility for hacking the websites of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Office of the President, Belarusian Lotteries and a number of others, while handing over to the NEXTA administrators databases of employees[clarification needed] of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, OMON and KGB. [384] A similar address came out of the Grodno meat-processing factory, where over 800 workers signed a letter of protest directed at Lukashenko. That decision was met with crowds in solidarity with the journalists outside the State courthouse. 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. Есть суперзвезды", "EU to impose sanctions on Belarusian officials for election fraud, calls for a new vote", "EU threatens Belarus sanctions as it rejects election result", "Belarus unrest: Lukashenko steps up efforts to reassert control", "Над Бобруйском пролетел вертолет с красно-зеленым флагом", "Вертолет с красно-зеленым флагом пролетел в Борисове", "Колонна людей идет на митинг в поддержку Лукашенко в Бобруйске", "Колонна людей идет на митинг в поддержку Лукашенко в Борисове", "Атмосфера на митинге за Лукашенко у ст. Онлайн", "#МотолькоПомоги этому городишко от 3% избавиться", "Перебои с интернетом вызваны обеспечением национальной безопасности. Ён сабраў каля 40 тысяч чалавек. Participants carrying flowers and candles formed human chains of solidarity to honor the late opposition supporter, Raman Bandarenka, who died at a Minsk hospital after several hours of surgery for serious injuries. Вот что перехватили белорусские спецслужбы", "Лукашенко встретился с Мишустиным. The company called that an act of revenge for supporting the police officers who had voluntarily quit the service and announced termination of its work in Belarus. 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. In a video from the courtyard where Bondarenko was detained, hundreds of people stood in a minute of silence on Friday and then chanted: "We will not forget, we will not forgive." [5] A group of soldiers guarding the building lowered their shields, "appearing to side with the protesters". [743], 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. (Онлайн)", "В усеченном варианте: Россия и Белоруссия проводят совместные учения: На Брестском полигоне стартовали военные учения "Славянское братство—2020, https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/press-room/20200910IPR86829/meps-call-for-eu-sanctions-against-belarusian-president-and-navalny-s-poisoners, "Man attempts self-immolation at police office in Belarus' Minsk Region", "Мужчина поджег себя перед зданием милиции в Смолевичах", "Belarus protests: Opposition icon, 73, among hundreds detained in Minsk", "Rights group: More than 300 detained at Minsk women's march", "Over 400 detained in women's protest in Minsk", "Belarus protests: Police arrest more than 390 women in crackdown on peaceful demonstration", "Hackers appear to leak personal data of 1,000 Belarusian police officers ahead of mass rally", В Минске против протестующих применили водомет с оранжевой водой. [685][686], During the 2020 Belarusian presidential election, the cases of attacks increased. [250] The rally later passed the museum where Maria Kolesnikova urged participants to not antagonize security personnel. According to human rights activists, 63,000–70,000 people gathered,[87][88] but a statement from the Belarusian Interior Ministry alleged that only 18,250 people had been recorded passing through the metal-detecting checkpoints set up at the event. [344] 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. The Associated Press released a video showing the moment when Alexander Taraikovsky was killed. Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles. Что происходит в стране 5 октября", "Встреча Тихановской с Меркель, суды и "сутки", события в Кыргызстане. [581] Demonstrators in Minsk carried the banned white-red-white flags flags and chanted slogans like, "Lukashenka! [659], On 15 August, 29-year-old Konstantin Shishmakov (Belarussian: Kanstantsin Shyshmakou), director of the Bagration Military History Museum in Vawkavysk, disappeared. By 4:00 pm, all the salt was removed, and the area with the inscription was washed. [505][506][507] Overall, 393 people were detained. 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. [71], Tikhanovsky was detained in late May 2020 by Belarusian authorities, and was formally accused of being a foreign agent. At least 416 protesters were detained in Minsk, Brest, Hrodno, Barauliany, and other cities. [240] Opposition supporters organised a woman's march against police violence in Minsk which culminated in a vigil at Independence Square where the assembled crowd was addressed by Maria Kolesnikova and Pavel Latushko. [567] The government and state media accused them of terrorism. Any bystanders met with opposition symbols were hastily detained. [190], The troupe of Janka Kupala National Theater in Minsk resigned en-masse. The audience, the workers at the Belarusian TV and radio company in Minsk, asked why the station was not broadcasting the truth. [639], Lukashenko decried the creation of the council as an 'attempt to seize power' and promised "appropriate measures". [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. [365] When questioned about the whereabouts of Alexander Lukashenko, his publicity team released a photograph of him walking around the grounds of the Independence Palace holding a gun (presumably from his "standoff" a week earlier). [697] The founder of NEXTA himself is facing up to 15 years of prison after being indicted by the regime. "Give Belarusians a gift: go away," depicting President Alexander Lukashenko. At least 1,053 protesters were detained in Minsk, Homel, Vitebsk, Zhlobin, and other cities. "[572], On 2 November, more than 1,000 demonstrators took part in a march in Minsk. [311] The Government of Belarus declined an offer from the heads of the governments of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania to visit Minsk to help mediate between the government and the opposition. The interior ministry said it was fake but declined further comment. [38][failed verification]. If you call it interference, then those who do not recognize the election also interfere in the affairs of Belarus. [333] Unidentified vehicles with Russian number plates were seen driving around Minsk. Police blocked them from holding the event and dispersed the crowd. [413][414] About the same number of protesters confirmed their participation on the online platform "Golos". [725], 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. [454], On 12 September, at 15:00, traditional women's marches began throughout the country ("The loudest march. Reportedly, in the aftermath, Kolesnikova was taken to a border troop installation in Mozyr. [548] In a statement, Belarusian deputy interior minister Gennady Kazakevich named anarchists among the organizers of the mass protests and authorized the use of lethal force against protestors. [52][51] In response to the demonstrations, a number of relatively small pro-government rallies were held.[28]. The sanctions package also includes asset freezes on seven Belarusian companies, including arms exporter CJSC Beltechexport. [313][314] They were taken to the Kastrychnitski district police, supposedly to check their identity and accreditation. Before the rally, water cannon, armored vehicles and police vans were seen in the center of Minsk. There were also reports that riot police had fired rubber bullets. [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. [245][246] Military vehicles were seen on the streets of Minsk and road blocks and checkpoints were established on the main roads leading into the city. Authorities blocked central Independence Square and nearby streets while several subway stations were closed. [661][662], On 17 August, the human rights advocates from the Belarusian education and social association "Zvyano" ("Link") issued a report, which said that at least five people had been murdered during the protests, and seven people were in critical medical condition. Six persons were reportedly taken to hospitals after being beaten by riot police and other law enforcement officers. Pictures from Belarus were mixed with pictures from the 2019 protests in Catalonia. [60] Under his authoritarian rule,[61] the government has frequently repressed the opposition. "Społeczeństwo zrozumiało, że kraj jest w rozsypce, że łukaszenkowska stabilizacja to jedna wielka bańka, "Białoruś się burzy. The statement underlined the lack of information about the detainees' status and called for the government to stop unlawfully detaining people. [452][453] According to U.S. First Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Bigan, America does not recognize Lukashenko's legitimacy as president since it conflicts with the Helsinki Final Act and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. [382] 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. [448] Detentions took place in different cities of Belarus in the morning. He managed to send an SOS SMS message to his wife, saying he was arrested. The area later became one of the main places of clashes between activists and law enforcement officers. [565] According to Russian news agencies, at least 10 stun grenades were used. На нем человек стоит на дороге с красным пятном на груди, Агентство Associated Press опубликовало кадр с моментом убийства Александра Тарайковского, Thousands Mourn Protester As Belarus's Postelection Rallies Continue, "Belarus election: Second protester dies as UN sounds alarm", "Анонимный свидетель утверждает, что видел Никиту Кривцова живым, но избитым. 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. [104], The Ministry of Internal Affairs, in a summary of events during protests in the night of 11–12 August, noted that in several cities, "there were facts of open confrontation with the law enforcement agencies". According to Nasha Niva around 6,000 people took part in the protests in Gomel, 4,000 in Grodno, 3,000 in Brest, Vitebsk and Mogilev. However, no details about the ongoing investigation were ever revealed. 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