Roadblocks, more clashes and mass firing of journalists: Fourth day of protests in Belarus

Author : News Agency

Source : 112 Ukraine

On the fourth day of the protests, Belarusians started to block roads. Detentions across the country continued. Ukrainian volunteers “caught it in the neck” too
13:30, 13 August 2020

Fourth day of protests in Belarus
Radio Svoboda

Belarus continues to protest against the official results of last Sunday's presidential election.

Earlier, Central Election Commission announced the election results, according to which incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko wins the first round with a result of slightly more than 80% of the vote. His main opponent, oppositionist Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, according to official data, received only 10.09% of the vote.

A lot of Belarusians did not accept such election results and took it out on the streets of cities with protests.

We wrote about the first day of protests in detail and with photos here, and about the second day here and about the third day here. We will remind about them some theses:

  • There were a lot of people in the first two days (and nights).
  • Protests took place in many cities: in Minsk, Lida, Baranovichi, Grodno, Zhodino, Pinsk, Kobryn and others.
  • Security forces used special means against protesters, which was admitted by Lukashenko.
  • Major problems with the Internet started in the country.
  • At first, there was a report about the death of one of the protesters. But later it was found untrue (unfortunately, on the second day of the protests one person died).
  • Lukashenko called the election a holiday, and the protesters – sheep controlled from abroad.
  • Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya recorded two video appeals and left the country. She went to Lithuania.
  • An indefinite strike was announced across the country on August 11.

Following the results of the first day of protests, the Investigative Committee of the Republic of Belarus announced the opening of 21 criminal cases. They are being investigated under articles for riots, hooliganism, resistance, and violence against police officers.

It is known that more than 5,000 people were detained.

Now let us tell you about the third day and night of the protests.

Fourth night of the protests

  • Protesters tried to block roads across Belarus.
  • There were local clashes with security forces.
  • Several hundred women formed a living chain in Minsk demanding to stop violence.
  • Doctors held a protest near Pyatrowshchyna metro station in Minsk. It was also aimed against violence.
  • According to media reports, 25-year-old Aliaksandr Vikhor died in a Homel hospital after being detained by security forces. According to the victim's mother, her son did not take part in the protests.

Flash mob of security officers

A number of Belarusian telegram channels have started publishing videos in which, according to them, special services and Interior Ministry officers burned and threw away their uniforms as a sign of disagreement with the actions of security forces in the country.

Resignations of journalists

Several journalists working for state TV channels announced their resignation.

These are the presenters Yevheniy Perlin and Olga Bogatyrevych (ONT), the presenter of “Good morning, Belarus!” on Belarus 1 TV channel Vera Karetnikova, the presenter of the same channel Sergei Kozlovich.

In addition, according to Belarusian media, STV presenter Tetiana Borodkina and employees of the First Channel of Belarusian Radio Aleksandr Shuster and Tetiana Filipchenko resigned.

In addition, the host of ‘Arsenal’ military program on Belarus 1 TV channel Vladimir Burko announced his dismissal.

Detention of Ukrainian volunteers

In Minsk, security forces brutally detained Ukrainian volunteers from the East-SOS charitable organization, Konstiantyn Reutsky and Yevhen Vasyliyev.

A criminal case was opened against them.

“Ukrainian human rights activists Konstiantyn Reutsky and Yevhen Vasyliyev detained in Minsk today are suspected in a frameworks of criminal case on mass riots in Minsk on August 10-12,” Belarusian human rights activist Tetyana Raviaka said.

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