Belarus: almost 140 arrests at opposition rallies – Ultima Ora


(ANSA-AFP) – MINSK, JUNE 20 – About 140 people have been
arrested during opposition rallies in Belarus, where
the head of state Alexander Lukashenko, in power since 1994, is staying
intensifying repression before the presidential election
of August 9 that, if they proclaimed him the winner,
would confirm for a sixth consecutive term. He reported it
the center for human rights of Viasna specifying that 80
arrests took place in the capital Minsk.

Opposition supporters went down on Friday night
square in Minsk and other cities, but the police intervened for
disperse rallies. According to the center of Viasna, as well as
in the capital, arrests were also made in Bobruisk,
Vitebsk, Brest, Mogilev and other cities. Five people, between
which a minor, were beaten, according to the same
source. Numerous journalists working for foreign media
have been arrested, including the service correspondent
Belarusian Radio Free Europe, taken away by the police in
bourgeois while he was shooting live. A freelance in
mission for Reuters was arrested in Minsk and then released,
a spokesman for the news agency reported.

On Thursday Viktor Babariko was arrested, considered the
Lukashenko’s main rival in the presidential election because
accused of being “direct organizer and leader of
illegal activity “and” attempted to exert pressure
on witnesses, to hide the traces of crimes committed before ”
as well as “having made an attempt to withdraw a substantial
sum from accounts under your control. “

In recent weeks, other opponents and potential rivals
of the Belarusian president were targeted by the system
judicial and police. Among them, the popular blogger
Sergei Tikhanovsky, accused of “disturbing public order”
and his wife Svetlana who claims to have received threats.



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