More than 200 people, including journalists, arrested at spontaneous protests in Belarus
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Law enforcement authorities in Minsk detained about 200 participants of the spontaneous rally in support of the non-registered candidates in presidents of Belarus
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Human rights activists and eyewitnesses reported that the Riot police and militiamen in civilian often used brutal force, beating people with batons, feet and fists. It was seen on photos and videos coming from places of events
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Law enforcement authorities in Minsk detained about 200 participants of the spontaneous rally in support of the non-registered candidates in presidents of Belarus, reported on the website of the human rights center “Spring”.
According to him, during the action in Minsk was detained 188 people, among them journalists from various Belarusian and international mass media. In the list of detainees also featured a Russian citizen. Police officers detained the journalists, Euroradio, portal Тut.by, TV channel “Belsat TV”, BBC TV and the Belarusian office of “Radio Liberty”. All of them were released from offices without a Protocol. In addition, two journalists of the portal “Strong news” was detained at a spontaneous rally in Gomel, they are also released without a Protocol.
“Freedom of speech in any country restricted by law. So here we put things in order,” said incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko, quoted by the BBC Russian service. The interior Minister of Belarus Yury Karaeu was accused of “Radio Liberty” in helping people who “want to make a street revolution.”
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The detentions were carried out in different parts of the city: Victory square and next to her, next to Oktyabrskaya square, near the metro station Nemiga, near the Belarusian state circus. Human rights activists and eyewitnesses reported that the Riot police and militiamen in civilian often used brutal force, beating people with batons, feet and fists. It was seen on photos and videos coming from places of events.
“People hold very firmly – when someone tries to escape, hooking under his knees, the man falls to the pavement. Can hit an elbow to the face, wring their hands”, – told the correspondent Tut.by from the scene.
In one of the paddy wagons turned out to be the Illustrator and blogger Anatoly Chilik. He in particular complained of severe tightness in the cabin. How, in turn, said the publication Naviny.by the Riot police forced some of the placed in paddy wagons to kneel on the floor with hands clasped behind your head.
Actions took place in other Belarusian cities. According to the “Spring”, in Homel, Brest, Pruzhany, Soligorsk, Bobruisk, Grodno and Columns in total were detained about 30 people.
Subtotal with the current protests in Belarus: at a peaceful rally in support of Babariko and Tsepkalo quickly began hard detention. At the moment there are about 119 detainees in Minsk. The protests have not yet ended. Report DW – watch with sound! pic.twitter.com/8OnXPMOakF— DW in Russian (@dw_russian) July 14, 2020
Put in some camera superawesome. 3 people. There is no place to even stand pic.twitter.com/72SDmL4I7T— Chilik 97% (@Chilikto) July 14, 2020
14 July, the CEC of Belarus has registered the incumbent head of state Alexander Lukashenko as a candidate for President of the country. Besides him were registered four candidates: co-chair of the Association “Tell the truth” Andrey Dmitriev, ex-Deputy Anna Konopacka, wife of the works of Sergei Tikhanovski Svetlana and the leader of the party “Belarusian social-democratic Gromada” Sergey Cerecer.
At the same time, Central election Commission of Belarus has not registered opposition leader Valery Tsepkalo. The Commission decided that it could not collect more than 100 thousand valid signatures in his support. In addition, the Declaration on incomes and property of his wife revealed false information. Also, the CEC refused to register for elections and former Chairman of the Board of Belgazprombank, >Victor Babariko. The Chairman of the Commission referred to the errors in his Declaration, and his campaign foreign organizations.
Himself Victor Babariko together with his son Edward, who was the head of his election headquarters had been arrested. They were charged with money laundering, evasion of taxes in especially large size and bribery. Also as part of the investigation detained about 20 people, including top managers of the Bank, which Victor Babariko headed for almost 20 years.