US hits Belarusian officials with travel bans for crackdown

US secretary of state announces sanctions on 43 Belarusian nationals hours after two journalists are sentenced. The United States on Thursday imposed travel restrictions on 43 Belarusian nationals identified as taking part in President Alexander Lukashenko’s “crackdown” on protesters and journalists. The US action was announced by Secretary of State Antony Blinken in a statement […]

Belarus president, leader since 1994, says he has too much power

Lukashenko, who faces protests against his rule, has promised a referendum on the constitution, but his opponents condemn the move as a sham. Alexander Lukashenko, the embattled Belarusian president who has ruled the country for 27 years, has said his position wields too much power as he promised a referendum on constitutional reforms next year. […]

Man sets himself on fire outside Belarus gov’t HQ: Police

The 35-year-old was taken to hospital after passers-by and police put out the flames with a fire extinguisher. A 35-year-old man in Belarus set himself on fire outside the government headquarters in Minsk on Friday and was hospitalised after passers-by and police put out the flames with a fire extinguisher, police said. The man could […]

Belarus to hold referendum on constitutional changes

President Alexander Lukashenko promises vote on proposed reforms to his office’s powers, state media reports. Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said on Thursday the country will hold a referendum on his suggested constitutional reforms, the Belta state news agency reported. Lukashenko, who has faced weekly protests since claiming victory in an August 9 election his opponents […]

Belarus leader calls meeting of delegates as part of reform plan

National Assembly of unelected delegates to meet in February for the first time since 2016, but critics remain skeptical. Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has said a National Assembly of unelected delegates will meet in February for the first time since 2016 – part of a reform plan critics view as a stalling tactic to weather […]

This Band Is Fun on TikTok. In Belarus, It’s Serious.

“It is really nice poetry,” she said, “and a really nice old vibe, like vintage music.” In August, she decided to use the band’s popularity on the app to raise awareness of the situation in Belarus. She posted a clip of protesters being beaten, with “Sudno” playing as a soundtrack, overlaid with the message “Belarus […]

Thousands of protesters march in Belarus, dozens detained

Human rights group Viasna-96 says at least 106 people taken into police custody mainly in Minsk. Thousands of demonstrators marched in the Belarusian capital Minsk and elsewhere on Sunday as weekly protests demanding the resignation of veteran President Alexander Lukashenko continued, prompting police to arrest more than 100 people. Belarus, a country of 9.5 million […]

Belarus police detain hundreds at ‘march of neighbours’ protests

Anti-government protesters shift tactics to evade crackdown, creating smaller gatherings in districts across Minsk. Belarusian security forces detained hundreds of protesters at rallies in Minsk the opposition had billed as “the march of neighbours”, local police and a rights group reported. Thousands of demonstrators met at various locations on Sunday, mostly in remote residential areas […]

Hundreds arrested as Belarus protesters face violent crackdown #duzline #duzlinenews #follow4follow

Police use rubber bullets and stun grenades to disperse crowds as months of protests against President Lukashenko continue. Masked security forces arrested hundreds of people in another day of mass demonstrations against the president of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko. Protesters on Sunday chanted “I’m going out”, the last-known written words of an anti-government protester who died […]

Outrage in Belarus, EU after opposition supporter dies #duzline #duzlinenews #follow4follow

Thousands of people have taken to the streets of Minsk and other Belarusian cities after a 31-year-old anti-government protester died in hospital following what demonstrators say was a severe beating by security forces. Witnesses say Roman Bondarenko was detained on Wednesday evening after scuffling with people in plain-clothes who had come to a playground to […]

EU sanctions Lukashenko for crackdown on Belarus protests #duzline #duzlinenews #follow4follow

Belarus president, son and 13 officials will be banned from entering EU territory and will have their assets frozen. The European Union (EU) has slapped sanctions on Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko and 14 other officials for repression of the pro-democracy movement following August’s contested election. The asset freezes and travel bans were implemented on Friday […]

Belarus police fire stun grenades as 100,000 protest #duzline #duzlinenews #follow4follow

The opposition has given Belarusian President Lukashenko an ultimatum: Resign by midnight or face a national strike. Belarusian police have used stun grenades against protesters as more than 100,000 people marched in the capital Minsk demanding President Alexander Lukashenko resign. The police action came hours before the expiration of an ultimatum set by the opposition: […]

Belarus opposition figure ‘detained’ at Ukraine border

Belarusian protest leader Maria Kolesnikova has been detained while trying to enter Ukraine in the early hours of Tuesday morning, according to Belarusian border officials, a day after her allies said she had been grabbed off the street by masked men. The circumstances of her attempted journey to Ukraine were not immediately clear, with some […]

How much longer can the Belarusian president hold on?

Alexander Lukashenko insists he is not going anywhere despite a month of protests against the Belarusian president’s disputed re-election. On Sunday, tens of thousands of protesters ignored government warnings to demand a new vote, saying last month’s election was rigged. Police were seen dragging away or beating demonstrators. Friends of a high-profile opposition leader, Maria […]

Belarus protest leader ‘abducted’ after mass anti-gov’t march

Belarusian protest leader Maria Kolesnikova has been abducted by unidentified people in central Minsk, according to the Belarusian Tut.By media outlet, citing a witness. The development came on Monday, hours after security forces arrested 633 protesters following Sunday’s mass rally. Police in Minsk said they had not arrested Kolesnikova, according to Russia’s Interfax news agency. […]

Belarus protesters continue pressure on Lukashenko with new march

Thousands of Belarusians have staged a peaceful new march, keeping pressure on strongman Alexander Lukashenko who has refused to quit after his disputed re-election and turned to Russia for help to stay in power. Holding red-and-white flags and placards, protesters including many students took to the streets of the capital Minsk on Sunday despite authorities […]