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Swiss journalist and over 30 protesters detained in Minsk

Source : 112 Ukraine

As the journalist herself says, she was going to drink coffee with friends, but a minibus stopped at a traffic light, she and her friends were dragged into the car
18:05, 31 January 2021

Swiss journalist Luzia Tschirky
112 Agency

Swiss journalist Luzia Tschirky was detained in the center of Minsk today. This was reported by the Belarusian human rights center Viasna.

"A Swiss journalist Luzia Tschirky was detained in Minsk. Her whereabouts are unknown, Lucia managed to report that she was detained in the city center. UPD: At about 5 pm, the Swiss embassy informed Viasna that the journalist was released," the statement said.

As the journalist herself says, she was going to drink coffee with friends, but a minibus stopped at a traffic light, she and her friends were dragged into the car.

“I was going to have coffee with friends when a minibus stopped at a traffic light. People in masks dragged us into the car without explanation. My friend and her husband are still in prison,” the journalist wrote on Twitter.

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Human rights activists reported about 34 detained protesters, published their names.

It is reported that protests continue in Belarus. The largest rallies are traditionally held in Minsk, where the most detentions take place.

Protests in Minsk and other cities of the Republic of Belarus began after the presidential elections on August 9, which, as announced by the CEC, was won by Alexander Lukashenko. The opposition does not recognize these results. Moreover, Lukashenko’s re-election is not recognized by the EU countries and the USA.

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