A Russian blogger and journalist, Alexei Romanov, was among them at that time. [204] Natalya Volvacheva, the headmaster of Polotsk school No. [522], On 5 October, around 100 seniors gathered outside St. Helen Church in Minsk, formed a column and rallied towards Independence Ave. Sun 1 Nov 2020 07.00 EST. [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. Падзея прайшла без правакацыяў і затрыманьняў", "Могилев. [699], One of the few communication systems that managed to avoid censorship is the independent Belarusian-owned NEXTA [ru] Telegram channel based in Warsaw. [302] The home of opposition figure Valery Tsepkalo was raided by police. [682], On 1 September, in a statement by the UN human rights experts, more than 450 documented cases of torture and ill-treatment of detainees were mentioned, including sexual abuse and rape with rubber batons of men, women and children. [458] The first column of protesters was contained by police, who attempted once more to break crowds at their formation in residential areas. The Ministry of Internal Affairs denied responsibility for Bondarenko's death, saying he was killed due to a scuffle with civilians. [110] Authorities threw flashbangs and fired rubber bullets at the protesters at close range. [224] Another pro-Lukashenko rally was held in Minsk at Independence Square, with another helicopter bearing a state flag flying over the demonstrators. The rally began at 14:05 and ended at around 18:15. 11% of participants said that their companies have already left or are in the process of transferring part of their workforce outside of the country; 3% of the surveyed stated that their companies have left Belarus completely or are in the process of relocating all employees.[730][731]. [394][395] A TUT.by photojournalist, Vadim Zamirovsky, was detained when he returned to the memorial twice after being asked to leave by police. On 23 September, Belarusian state media announced that Lukashenko had been inaugurated for another five-year term in a brief ceremony which was held privately. The sharing of flags and the borrowing of chants reflect the remarkable … 11% of participants said that their companies have already left or are in the process of transferring part of their workforce outside of the country; 3% of the surveyed stated that their companies have left Belarus completely or are in the process of relocating all employees.[730][731]. [56] On 2 October, the EU introduced sanctions against 40 Belarusian officials accused of political repression and vote rigging. [481][482] The Belarusian Interior Ministry said that 415 protesters were detained during the March, around 390 of them are women. and that his previous support for the regime was a "delusion" and "betrayal". [318][319] Many of the people who were dispersed from the demonstration on Independence Square continued to march through the city, singing religious songs and chanting anti-government slogans. Their encounter happened behind closed doors, with no journalists allowed. The two founders as well as two programmers were detained following these events. In some areas, separate rallies merged to form columns of several hundred people. He told the audience they would have to kill him to get another election. Authorities limited connection to networks such as Telegram, several subway stations were briefly closed and at least two squares were cordoned off by security forces. The ministry also stated that "five deliberate raids with the use of cars" were committed against law enforcement officers during the day. [626][627][628], 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. More than 500 protesters in Minsk and another 554 across the country were placed in temporary detention facilities. [516] A group of motorcyclists was detained near the Kuntsevshchina metro station while a passenger on a passing trolleybus tried to support them and was also detained immediately thereafter. [449] Students of the University came out onto the porch with solidarity banners in support of detained Belsky. [236] A pro-government rally was held in Gomel where tractors could be seen waving the state flag. Their excessive aggression was purportedly overlooked by police. Экс-прадзюсар "Ляписа Трубецкого" Яўген Калмыкоў — прафесійны арганізатар масавых мерапрыемстваў — сваім намятаным вокам ацэньвае колькасць удзельнікаў акцыі ў 400 тысяч чалавек", "У Горадні скончыўся мітынг. [71], 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). Several subway stations in the city center closed an hour before the rally, citing "passenger safety." Several metro stations were closed and communications were cut at times. According to legend, a patient with ARVI symptoms came to the admission department of the hospital and said that she was in China. [443][444], On 10 September, a law was passed by the Lithuanian Parliament to recognise Tsikhanouskaya as the "elected leader of the people of Belarus" and the Coordination Council as the "only legitimate representatives of the Belarusian people". [398], On 4 September, the Oktyabrsky District court held trials against journalists from Komsomolskaya Pravda in Belarus, BelaPAN and TUT.by. [98] It was hard to estimate the number of protesters in Minsk because the protesters were not concentrated in a single spot. [76], As soon as Babaryka was detained by authorities, people started walking in the streets to demonstrate their disagreement. Belarus of the Brain's is now over 470,000. Police presence at major city arteries was felt in the morning, aided by OMON military carriers and unmarked personnel. [733], 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. Начались задержания", "МВД Белоруссии сообщило о 91 задержанном на акциях протеста в субботу". A crowd of demonstrators later formed on Independence Square outside the church which was surrounded by the security forces. [701] The founder of NEXTA himself is facing up to 15 years of prison after being indicted by the regime. This was announced by the search and rescue squad "Angel". [763][764] Anti-Lukashenko protesters have also used the current state flag of Belarus on rare occasions. Потом я потерял сознание, "Новые санкции, День матери и очереди за цветами. About sharing. "[575] 1 November marked the "13th Sunday" of the 2020 Belarusian protests. "Вадим Девятовский: "Лукашенко не мой Президент!!!!! [381] In Mogilev and Kalinkavichy, some of the local protest leaders were detained by riot police. Онлайн, Strikes in Minsk: Helicoptering Lukashenka and angry workers (video, photos), Сколько человек считаются пропавшими после выборов в Беларуси? On 11 August 2020 Molotov cocktails began to be thrown at security officials in Minsk. Share. Share. [389] Dmitry Kuleba, the Ukrainian foreign minister, retorted by calling this statement "a fruit of psychological delirium" and affirmed that Ukraine had no current implication in Belarusian affairs, nor a planned one, unlike the Russian government. Local media reported several dozen meeting points were planned across Minsk and in other cities. [713], On 27 August, around 20 journalists, from both local and international media, were detained on Freedom Square in Minsk. Фото и видео", "В Минске мотоциклисты ГАИ въехали в "колючку", а та порвалась и окутала женщину. [566], On 26 October, groups of workers and students in Belarus carried out a nationwide strike call by Tsikhanouskaya. At least 13 detained protesters were taken to hospitals after they were beaten by riot police and other security forces involved in dispersing the protests. 14 August 2020. [384], On 2 September, the journalists detained the previous day were tried and fined in accordance with the administrative code of Belarus. A crowd of women came forward and stood in a chain in hopes to persuade OMON, but officers indifferently beat up protesters of both sexes. People were also seen bringing flowers to the memorial again. While Gismart is headquartered in the United Kingdom, it employed dozens of people in Belarus. At least nine of those listed as detained were journalists. On 29 July, 33 alleged mercenaries from the Wagner Group, a Russian private military company, were arrested in a sanatorium near Minsk. [571] About 40 people were detained in Minsk, Hrodna, and other Belarusian cities. Задержания на крыльце Красного костела и "Тры чарапахi" в "Новой Боровой, "Женщины на марше, концерт на "Площади перемен", праздники во дворах и другие события 12 сентября. Что происходит в стране 30 августа. [430] The following day, it was reported by Belarusian officials that Maria Kalesnikava was detained at the border with Ukraine while trying to cross the border with two of her associates, Anton Rodnenkov and Ivan Kravtsov. [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. [91], On 9 August, all roads and entry points to Minsk were blocked by the police and army early in the morning. [542] According to the Belarusian Ministry of Internal Affairs, 713 protesters were detained on 11 October, with 25 protest actions registered across the country. Police with dogs patrolled the streets, water cannon were deployed. Калесьнікава ідзе ў СК. [552][553], On 14 October, Mother's Day in Belarus, hundreds of women gathered at Independence Square near the Red Church in Minsk for the "March of mothers" rally. The intermittent cut-offs, starting in August 2020, were said to have caused major difficulties in the IT industry. [115] BBC News Russia reported that three of its journalists were beaten by the government forces that night while covering the protests. In several places, groups of protesters were led by people wearing Santa Claus costumes. Similar actions took place in BSUIR, BSU, BSUE, MSLU, GrSU and other universities of the country. Russian President Vladimir Putin called Lukashenko to offer birthday greetings and the two agreed to meet in Moscow in the coming weeks. [491][55] Several countries' Foreign Ministers have declared that they do not consider this inauguration legitimate, including Lithuania,[492] Poland,[493] Germany,[494] Estonia,[495] the United Kingdom[496] and others. [121][660][661][662], Also on or about 12 August, 28-year-old Nikita Krivtsov disappeared. [197][198][199] During the pro-Lukashenko rally in Mogliev, a helicopter flew over the attendees with the state flag, while a large state flag was blown off the local government building where it was hung. [149] Although it was also reported that Lukashenko spoke to President Putin with both sides expressing confidence that all existing problems would be settled soon, the possibility of foreign mediation was firmly rejected by Lukashenko. She urged all countries to respect the sovereignty and called on protesters to step up their strikes despite "intimidation". On 6 November, the EU imposed sanctions on Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko and 14 other officials for repression of the pro-democracy movement following August's contested election. What are Westerners saying now?" [580] Some of the banners the demonstrators held said, "Stop killing us." ", "У Стелы в Минске сейчас находится более 300 тысяч человек", "Мінск. [464][465] Witness estimates round the number of Sunday protesters in Minsk up to 200,000, same as a week earlier. In downtown Minsk around 17:00, young women and men started forming chains while dressed in white, bearing flowers and anti-Lukashenko posters. "[86] Belarusian authorities claimed that Tikhanovsky was working with Russians to destabilize Belarus. [82], The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)[83] reported that it would not be monitoring the 2020 election as it had not been invited to do so. [454], On 12 September, at 15:00, traditional women's marches began throughout the country ("The loudest march. [459] Seeing how the forces blocked off central districts of the capital, some of the protesters decided to get to the city centre by public transport and thus succeeded in occupying Nemiga St by the early afternoon. [406][407], On 5 September, at noon, a solidarity rally was organized by students near the "October" cinema in Minsk. [348] Riot police detained a number of demonstrators in Grodno. Што адбываецца ў Беларусі", "Марш супраць забойстваў і гвалту ў Берасьці. [211][212][213][214] A second pro-Lukashenko rally was also held in Minsk. [153] Slovak President Zuzana Čaputová tweeted a message of support for the protesters; the Presidential Palace in Bratislava was illuminated in the colours of the historical flag of Belarus. [357][358][359] At 16:30, there were reports of "tanks" moving through the streets of Minsk (which later turned out to be several BTR-80 military vehicles). Как прошел многотысячный марш на 71-й день после выборов. [90], On 6 August an estimated 5,000 peaceful protesters took to the streets in Minsk, waving white ribbons, calling for free and fair elections. He claims he was beaten by the police who attempted to get information to anarchist activities, after refusing the Police sprayed Mikalai. Belarus security forces viciously beat and detained largely peaceful protesters over the country’s election outcome on August 9 and 10, 2020, Human Rights Watch said today. [474], In Minsk State Linguistic University, an access control scheme was introduced. "No one will remain anonymous even under a balaclava," it said. They chanted slogans such as "Murderers!" 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). [691], On 9–11 August, several independent journalists were arrested in Minsk, Brest, and Babruysk. Today, NFK looks at long-term protests in several countries. 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. In response, Putin warned Merkel that foreign interference in the ex-Soviet state would be unacceptable. [678], On 17 August, the human rights advocates from the Belarusian education and social association "Zvyano" ("Link") issued the "Report on the violation of human rights of the participants in the protests in Belarus from 7 to 14 August 2020", based on interviews with 30 victims of the police abuse, as well as on interviews with doctors of several Minsk hospitals. In a further press-conference in Kyiv, Rodenkov and Kravtsov reported that Kalesnikava was abducted by Belarusian security forces and was forced to leave Belarus in Kravtsov's car, which she eventually avoided by tearing her passport apart and timely leaving the car through a window. But hundreds more will replace those who have been torn from our ranks. A friend says that Krivtsov phoned him on 10 August, stating that he was in Minsk and had nearly been arrested by riot police. 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