Belarus : human chains to denounce the repression - The Point

The Belarusians are trying to make known their disagreement with the violent recent repression of demonstrations by the police. Thus, in the capital, Minsk, of

Belarus : human chains to denounce the repression - The Point

The Belarusians are trying to make known their disagreement with the violent recent repression of demonstrations by the police. Thus, in the capital, Minsk, of the many human chains were formed Thursday, August 13. In some places, these chains have brought together dozens or hundreds of people, with flowers and white balloons in hand. Horns of motorists have been heard, as a sign of support. In total, there are thousands of people who have joined this type of action, while on the social networks pictures of gatherings similar in the country multiply. Walkouts of businesses and factories have also started.

In the historical center of Minsk, street Nemiga, 100 people gathered, the women, often dressed in white, holding in the hands of flowers, hearts, or posters. "Yesterday, I saw women in white like that. And I realized, I want to do it. It is against the violence, the explosions, one is for fair elections, " says Nastia, 26 years old, artist in the digital sector.

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6 700 arrests since Sunday

Elena, a teacher of 41 years, said protest to " stop the torture in prison, that all the prisoners should be released ", after the arrest of some 6 700 people since Sunday and the beginning of the protests against the re-election of Alexander Lukashenko. To other areas of the capital, the chains are transformed into the markets. This form of mobilization, launched on Wednesday by dozens of women dressed in white, has not so far triggered a violent crackdown like the one for evening events.

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Updated Date: 13 August 2020, 09:33

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