Another Belarus opposition politician is taken away by masked men

Maxim Znak, legal adviser and a member of the Coordination Council presidium of the Belarusian opposition, takes part in a press conference given by the coordination council of the Belarusian opposition. Natalia Fedosenko | TASS | Getty Images Belarusian opposition politician Maxim Znak was detained on Wednesday by masked men wearing plain clothes, the Interfax news agency cited his allies as saying. Znak’s reported detention followed the similar disappearance on Monday of Maria Kolesnikova, one of the leaders of mass …

Belarus blocks news websites amid large protests

Authorities in Belarus have blocked an array of news media websites reporting on the country shaken by two weeks of protests against authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko By YURAS KARMANAU Associated Press August 22, 2020, 11:54 AM 3 min read MINSK, Belarus — Authorities in Belarus have blocked an array of news media websites reporting on the country shaken by two weeks of protests against authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko.   The Belarusian Association of Journalists said Saturday that more than 20 …

Thousands Arrested For Protesting ‘Rigged’ Presidential Election In Belarus

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Hundreds of people were back on the streets of Belarus’ capital on Thursday morning, protesting for a fifth straight day against an election they say was rigged to extend the rule of the country’s authoritarian leader and against a crackdown on rallies that followed the vote. In several areas of Minsk, large groups of people formed long “lines of solidarity.” More than 100 women carrying flowers and portraits of their loved ones detained during protests gathered …

“God Forbid You Ever Have To Face The Choice That I Faced.” Belarus’s Opposition Candidate Has Fled The Country As The Government Cracks Down.

KYIV — Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, who first refused to accept what she called a fraudulent result in Belarus’s disputed election, told supporters on Tuesday that she had fled overnight to Lithuania. In the latest turn of extraordinary events rocking the country, she urged Belarusians to stop protesting and hinted at the pressures that forced her to leave.   Appearing exhausted in a tearful video from Lithuania, Tikhanovskaya said the decision to leave was her own and was made for the sake …

Belarus police shoot live rounds at protesters as EU considers sanctions

Moscow – Protesters and police clashed for a third evening overnight Wednesday as demonstrators expressed anger over the re-election of longtime strongman Alexander Lukashenko in a Sunday vote that U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said “wasn’t held in a way that was free and fair.”   Hundreds of women dressed in white gathered in cities across the country to call for an end to the brutal crackdown by government forces on protesters, which has seen tear gas, batons, stun …

Belarusian challenger leaves the country amid protests

MINSK, Belarus — The top opposition candidate in Belarus’ presidential vote, who refused to concede her defeat amid a massive police crackdown on protesters, said Tuesday she has left the country and is now in Lithuania. Looking tired and distressed, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, a former teacher and political novice, apologized to her supporters in a video statement and said it was her own choice to leave the country. “It was a very hard decision to make,” she said. “I know that …