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UK News Protests by choice: Belarus releases surprisingly arrested demonstrators

09:41  14 august  2020
09:41  14 august  2020 Source:   sueddeutsche.de

election in Belarus: police brutally attack demonstrators

 election in Belarus: police brutally attack demonstrators © REUTERS Heavily armed security forces take action against demonstrators after the election in Belarus. water cannons, rubber bullets, stun grenades - after the election on Sunday, security forces put maximum severity in dealing with demonstrators. They have doubts about the supposedly clear victory of incumbent Lukashenko. Police brutally take action against demonstrators Nobody had doubted that Alexander Lukashenko would emerge as the winner of the election.

What’s Happening in Belarus ? A guide to the protests , the police response and the crisis in Protesters and riot police officers clashed in Minsk, Belarus , on Sunday during a protest Police officers detaining demonstrators in Minsk on Monday.Credit Yauhen Yerchak/EPA, via Shutterstock.

'Unprecedented' protests erupt in Belarus following election 02:34. Minsk, Belarus (CNN) Thousands of mainly female peaceful protesters clutching white flowers and balloons lined the streets of Belarus 's capital Minsk on Thursday, on the fifth day of demonstrations following the contested re-election of

Viele Freigelassene berichteten von Misshandlungen im Gefängnis. © REUTERS Many released persons reported abuse in prison.

According to the Interior Ministry, most of the protesters should be released from prison by early Friday morning. Many of them appeared to have been ill-treated. Interior Minister Karayev apologizes for "accidental arrests".

Belarus releases surprisingly arrested demonstrators

After thousands of arrests during the protests in Belarus, the authorities surprisingly began to release arrested demonstrators on Friday night. In front of the Okrestina prison in the capital Minsk, families and friends welcomed their relatives with great relief. Many reported severe abuse in prison and showed their wounds.

Presidential election in Belarus: new tensions in Minsk, around 30 arrests

 Presidential election in Belarus: new tensions in Minsk, around 30 arrests © Vasily Fedosenko, Reuters Belarusian security forces arrest demonstrators during an opposition rally following the election presidential election in Minsk, Belarus, August 10, 2020. Belarusian police forcibly dispersed, Monday, for the second night in a row, protests opposing the results of a tense presidential election, which culminated in a sixth term in office. authoritarian outgoing head of state, Alexander Lukanchenko. About thirty people were arrested.

Cities across Belarus have been swept by a wave of protests , occasionally escalating into violence and scuffles between demonstrators and law enforcement, after exit polls showed incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko winning about 80 percent of the vote in Sunday's election.

Demonstrators in Minsk and other cities in Belarus continuing to protest against the reelection of President Alexander Lukashenko have been met with tear gas and flash-bang grenades, as police Another Russian journalist arrested on Sunday, Semyon Pegov, was released on Monday evening.

The majority of those arrested during protests in the past few days should be released by six a.m. (local time), the authorities said. There was talk of more than 1,000 prisoners. It was about people who were arrested on the edge of unauthorized protests for no reason, it said. Overall, however, a lot more people were arrested, according to estimates up to 7000.

After the election last Sunday, the long-time ruler Alexander Lukashenko had himself declared the winner - for the sixth time in a row. Lukashenko, who has ruled for 26 years, is considered the last "dictator of Europe". According to official information, he had received 80 percent of the vote, his strongest competitor only ten percent. Svetlana Tichanowskaja fled to neighboring Lithuania one day after the election .

Belarus. More than 2,000 arrests during protests against the re-election of President

 Belarus. More than 2,000 arrests during protests against the re-election of President © AFP Clashes erupted in Minsk on Monday (August 10th) between law enforcement and opponents of the re-election of incumbent Lukashenko. For the second night in a row, demonstrators took to the streets of the Belarusian capital to protest the re-election of outgoing President Alexander Lukashenko. 2,000 were reportedly arrested on the evening of Monday 10 August.

Belarus is witnessing its fourth day of mass protests , following Sunday’s presidential election. Since the weekend, police have arrested thousands of people in cities across the country. President Alexander Lukashenko (Alyaksandr Lukashenka) has continued to insult demonstrators in public

Belarus has confirmed that a young man has died in police custody, the second death since mass protests began on Sunday against the country’s leader, Alexander Video showed police officers shooting passersby with rubber bullets and beating demonstrators with truncheons after their arrest .

Since the vote, there had been protests in Belarus every day, which the security forces tried to put down with sometimes brutal force. The uniformed men used batons, stun grenades, tear gas and rubber bullets against the demonstrators. At least two protesters were killed.

The releases are the first sign of a relenting on the part of the Belarusian power apparatus. State media reported that Lukashenko himself instructed on Thursday evening to take care of the prisoners' situation. He was reacting to protests by work collectives in the state-owned companies of the ex-Soviet republic.

Interior Minister Yuri Karayev apologized on state television for the arrest of many innocent people. Police operations against mass protests also lead to accidental arrests, he said. "As the commanding officer, I want to take responsibility and honestly apologize to these people in a human way," he said.

Belarus: death of a second demonstrator, the center of Minsk cordoned off

 Belarus: death of a second demonstrator, the center of Minsk cordoned off © Dimitar Dilkoff, AFP The demonstrators demand the departure of President Lukashenko. The Belarusian authorities announced on Wednesday the death of a demonstrator, who had been arrested for demonstrating against the re-election of President Alexander Lukashenko. Minsk city center has also been cordoned off. Repression continues in Belarus.

Police in Belarus beat and arrest scores of protesters and several presidential candidates, drawing international condemnation. The demonstrators tried to storm a government building, but were pushed back by riot police. "The Belarusian people have made their choice , expressing their will in

MINSK, Belarus — Accounts of violent beatings of protesters and brutal mass detentions mounted in Belarus on Thursday as the country’s embattled president, Aleksandr G. Lukashenko, deployed brute force to cling to power. Widespread protests against Mr. Lukashenko, an authoritarian who has ruled

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The demonstrators assume that the vote was massively falsified. You are asking for a new count. There are also massive doubts about the official outcome of the election in the West. A special meeting of the EU foreign ministers is scheduled for this Friday to discuss possible sanctions. The Foreign Office asked the Ambassador of Belarus, Denis Sidorenko, for an urgent meeting on Thursday because of the brutal behavior of the Belarusian police. The German Press Agency learned this from the Ministry in Berlin - the Bild- newspaper had previously reported.

Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD) had previously announced that he wanted to put significantly more pressure on those in power in Minsk. It is perfectly clear that the actions of the security forces in Belarus "are not acceptable in Europe in the 21st century". He called on the leadership in Minsk to adhere to international obligations.

Belarusians continue to demonstrate

Despite the many arrests and the intimidating behavior of the police, the protests continued on Thursday. Employees at several state-owned companies reportedly went on strike. An video circulated on Twitter of workers from the Belarusian vehicle manufacturer Belaz , who allegedly leave their factory in Shodsina to demonstrate. However, the origin of the video cannot be traced.

Large groups gathered in several parts of the capital Minsk and formed human chains. More than 100 women carried flowers and photos of detained protesters through the southwest of the city. There, the night before, police had fired rubber bullets at people who were singing and clapping on balconies.

Lukashenko himself had recently described the demonstrators as unemployed ex-criminals - and thus triggered even more anger. State media have been reporting for days that the protests were controlled from abroad and that the people were manipulated. On Thursday, critical journalists from the state media called for an end to this lying propaganda in an open letter and criticized the denigration of peaceful citizens. There had already been mass layoffs beforehand.

Opposition leader: Seibert: Election in Belarus ran "without any minimum democratic standards" .
© AP Protest on Sunday in Minsk The German government had contact with Tichanovskaya, the spokesman says. The opposition politician agreed to take on a leadership role in Belarus. The EU convenes a special summit. Seibert: Election in Belarus went "without any minimum democratic standards" The German government has once again asked the Belarus authorities to refrain from using violence against demonstrators.

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