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Video: Police abort opposition activists’ attempt to demonstrate in Minsk on Independence Day

About 30 people were arrested in Minsk on Tuesday during a police crackdown on an opposition demonstration marking the 74th anniversary of the liberation of Minsk in World War II, which is officially celebrated in Belarus as Independence Day.
The Liberation and Solidarity demonstration was initiated by former presidential candidate Mikalay Statkevich, who called on people to gather on Talbukhina Boulevard at 1 p.m. to “express their solidarity with the generation that liberated the world from Hitler’s rule and with those who fight now for the liberation of the country from the rule of his supporter.”
As Mr. Statkevich’s wife Maryna Adamovich told BelaPAN, the opposition leader was apprehended as soon as he left home at 11:30 a.m.
Another opposition leader, Vyachaslaw Siwchyk, was also arrested while he was heading to the venue of the demonstration.
On Talbukhina Boulevard, plainclothesmen violently arrested Syarhey Sparysh and Valyantsin Trokski, members of Mr. Statkevich’s Narodnaya Hramada Belarusian Social Democratic Party, and opposition activist Alyaksandr Abramovich after they unfurled signs saying, “Talk without fear!” and “Down with censorship!”
Also arrested were prominent opposition activists Maksim Vinyarski and Nina Bahinskaya and five observers from the Vyasna Human Rights Center and the Belarusian Helsinki Committee who were going to monitor the demonstration.
One more human rights activist was apprehended on her way to the venue of the demonstration.




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