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

01:25  13 august  2020
01:25  13 august  2020 Source:   france24.com

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Belarus on Wednesday confirmed the death of a jailed protester after police violently cracked down Lukashenko on Wednesday dismissed the demonstrators as "people with a criminal past who are Tuesday night saw smaller numbers on the streets than on previous days, after police cordoned off

In a rally in central Minsk on Wednesday, hundreds of women wearing white and holding flowers formed a human chain to protest against police brutality and mass arrests. The blackout was a rare example in Europe of a government voluntarily knocking its entire country offline to stifle dissent.

Les manifestants réclament le départ du président Loukachenko. © 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. The authorities announced, Wednesday August 12, the death of a protester arrested during an rally against the re-election of President Alexander Lukashenko . This is the second death recorded since the start of this violently repressed protest movement.

Presidential election in Belarus: a trio of women attacking Lukashenko

 Presidential election in Belarus: a trio of women attacking Lukashenko © Reuters With Svetlana Tikhanovskaïa as a figurehead, presidential candidate by default in Belarus on Sunday, they challenge the dictator in power since 1994. One of them, Maria Kalesnikava, was arrested on Saturday evening by the police. Here is a funny candidate! Its only goal, to help the return of democracy, and if it is elected, to ensure the current affairs the time to organize free elections, then to return home.

Police in Belarus said Wednesday they had detained hundreds more people and used firearms against protesters in a third night of violence over a disputed presidential election. Western governments have condemned the crackdown and the European Union said the bloc's foreign ministers would discuss

Police in Belarus said Wednesday they had detained hundreds more people and used firearms against protesters in a third night of violence over a disputed presidential election. Western governments have condemned the crackdown and the European Union said the bloc's foreign ministers would discuss

The Investigation Committee, a powerful investigative body, said a 25-year-old man died in a hospital in Gomel (south), after being arrested on Sunday, during an "unauthorized demonstration". According to this source, which does not specify the exact date of death, his health "suddenly deteriorated" while he was in detention.

The clashes also left one dead in Minsk and the police said they opened fire with live ammunition in Brest (southwest), leaving one injured.

The capital sealed off

In the hyper-center of the capital, metro stations were closed on Wednesday evening and traffic completely banned. Numerous police officers were also deployed on several main streets.

Near the Ouroutché station, north-east of Minsk, demonstrators who formed a human chain were dispersed and beaten by police, amid shouts, according to an AFP journalist.

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 resulted in a sixth term in office. authoritarian outgoing head of state, Alexander Lukanchenko. About thirty people were arrested.

MINSK , Belarus — The main opponent of Aleksandr G. Lukashenko, the embattled president of Belarus , left the country on Tuesday, and violent skirmishes between the police and Still, there were signs on Tuesday that the protests were losing momentum in the face of a fierce police response.

Belarusians protest against the violence of the siloviki. Today spontaneous actions of solidarity are taking place all over Belarus . 14:15 Minsk residents are restoring the spontaneous people's memorial on Pushkinskaya. After the death of a demonstrator , people began to bring flowers there

Dozens of women have also formed human chains in other parts of the capital to denounce the police repression aimed at the protests against the re-election on August 9 of President Alexander Lukashenko, in power for twenty-six years.

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"You are also the son of someone!" Proclaimed signs carried by about fifty demonstrators, dressed in white, in Surganov Street, a usually very busy artery of the capital, this evening almost empty.

Almost 6,000 arrests

During the three previous nights of protests, security forces arrested some 6,000 people across the country, without it being known how many are still being held.

Since Sunday evening, the police have been using stun grenades and rubber bullets against protesters and at least 250 wounded have been admitted to hospital. Internet access has also been severely disrupted.

Belarus: death of a demonstrator in Minsk, scene of new clashes

 Belarus: death of a demonstrator in Minsk, scene of new clashes The day after severely repressed anti-government demonstrations after the announcement of the presidential victory of the indestructible Alexander Lukashenko, new clashes broke out this Monday evening in Minsk with the police. According to the police, a protester was killed by his own explosive device during the protests. "One of the protesters tried to throw an explosive device at the police, but this device exploded in his hands," killing him, police said in a statement.

Police in Minsk use rubber bullets and stun grenades against protesters during second night of violence. Police officers kick a demonstrator during a mass protest following the presidential election, in Minsk . Thousands of people have protested in Belarus for a second night after official

Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Minsk and other cities in Belarus on Monday, protesting against the outcome of Sunday’s presidential election. The incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko officially won with almost 80 percent of the vote, but the united opposition led by Svetlana

Many scenes of beating of demonstrators were broadcast on social networks, while President Lukashenko called the protesters "unemployed with a criminal past".

On Wednesday, Belarusian public television published a report showing six suspected young demonstrators, handcuffed and with swollen faces, telling the camera that they "did not want to revolutionize".

Macron concerned about the situation

Neighbors of Belarus, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland, presented on Wednesday a plan providing for the creation of a "national council" bringing together representatives of the Belarusian government and civil society, under penalty of sanctions from Brussels.

French President Emmanuel Macron expressed his "very great concern". US Foreign Minister Mike Pompeo, German Chancellery Angela Merkel and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights also denounced the crackdown.

The Belarusian Ministry of the Interior, for its part, estimated that the mobilization of demonstrators was now on the decline.

President Lukashenko's rival, opponent Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, claimed victory, before leaving Belarus for Lithuania , on the night of Monday to Tuesday. A departure under the threat of the authorities, according to his supporters.

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.

The death of at least one protester, the cruelty of police and the extreme violence of the confrontation (the two sides drove vehicles into crowds several Let’s face it: the protests, which gathered tens of thousands of people for angry demonstrations in the center of the capital Minsk and several other

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 seek to disperse and arrest them. On Monday evening, protesters gathered in small groups around the

According to the Helsinki Committee in Belarus, a human rights NGO, there had never been any repression of "such violence" in the country.

More than 80% of the votes

According to the official results of the presidential election, Alexander Lukashenko obtained more than 80% of the votes, a fanciful score, say his detractors, who estimate on the contrary that Svetlana Tikhanovskaïa, credited with 10% of the votes, won.

The latter has not spoken since her video, Tuesday, announcing her hasty departure for Lithuania. According to her supporters, she suffered threats when she was held for hours by security forces on Monday.

Alexander Lukashenko, 65, has never let any opposition take hold. The previous great wave of protest, in 2010, had also been severely repressed.

Svetlana Tikhanovskaïa, a 37-year-old political novice, mobilized tens of thousands of people in a few weeks, a political fervor that Belarus had never known.

This stay-at-home mom replaced her husband Sergei, a prominent video blogger, after his arrest in May as he was growing in popularity.

The European Union will impose sanctions on Belarus to put an end to the repression .
© Pixabay The European Union will impose sanctions on Belarus to end the repression The European Union is preparing sanctions against Belarus and wants to show its unity against Turkey, in the midst of a standoff over gas in the eastern Mediterranean. While the situation in Belarus (Belarus) worries more and more, the European Union is preparing its weapons ...

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