Kiev, Ukraine (AP)-A 31-year-old opposition supporter reportedly died and was reportedly beaten by security forces. Thousands gathered in Belarus on Friday. The European Union condemned the continued violent repression by the Belarusian authorities. Peaceful protesters.
The man died on Thursday after a large-scale anti-government protest more than three months earlier was triggered by the results of official elections, which allowed the dictator Alexander Lukashenko to be re-elected for the sixth term. Opposition leaders and some pollsters said the results were manipulated and protesters have been calling for Lukashenko to resign.
Human rights advocates report that since the Belarusian presidential election on August 9, more than 1
Thousands of people with flowers and candles formed a chain of human solidarity in several Belarusian cities, including the capital Minsk, in memory of the late opposition supporter Raman Bandarenka (Raman Bandarenka) , He died in a hospital in Minsk after several hours of severe surgery. The demonstrators held up some signs, saying: “Don’t kill us.”
Ales Bialiatsky, head of the Viasna Human Rights Center, said that Bandarenka was detained in a courtyard in Minsk on Wednesday by unidentified people who were “probably plainclothes policemen”. Bialyaski said in a statement that they handed him over to the police, and Bandarunka was brutally beaten in a van.
“As a result, Raman suffered severe head injuries and was taken to the police station (department) in severe cases. An ambulance was not called for two more hours. The doctor could not save Raman Bandarunka’s life “Biyajaski said that he called for a criminal investigation to pursue those responsible for Bandarunka’s death.
The Belarusian authorities confirmed that Bandarenka was brought to the hospital from the police department in Minsk, but denied responsibility for his death. The police believe he was injured in the street fighting. The Belarusian Commission of Inquiry said Bandarunka also showed signs of “alcoholism.” Query started.
The death of Bandarenka has caused anger in Belarus and abroad. The European Union condemned the violence.
Peter Stano said: “This is the cruel and shameful result of the actions taken by the Belarusian authorities. The Belarusian authorities not only directly and violently suppressed their own residents, but also created the possibility of such illegal and violent actions. Environment.” The EU Foreign and Security Policy spokesperson said in a statement.
Stano accused the Lukashenko government of “not only ignoring the basic rights and freedoms of the Belarusian people, but also ignoring their lives.”
Christopher Berg, spokesman for the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs, called the incident “disheartening” and said “the scale of national violence and repression in Belarus is shocking.”
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Rupert Colville (Rupert Colville) also expressed concern that “the Belarusian government continues to use the country’s institutions to commit human rights violations.”
Opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya challenged Lukashenko in the August presidential election and won the second highest vote. He called Bandarunka a “hero” and “innocent victim of the inhumane system.”
On Friday it said in a videotape: “The man was killed because he wanted to live in a free country.” “But we will never obey those who are ready to kill us.”
In an interview with state media on Friday, Lukashenko expressed condolences to Bandarunka’s parents and said he told the head of the investigation committee that a “fair and objective investigation” must be conducted into the death.
The leader of Belarus said that he ordered the Attorney General to conduct an investigation “under the strictest control” because “everyone started to blame the police.”
Lukashenko also reiterated his position that continued unrest is illegal. He likened it to the so-called “color revolution”, which overthrew the leaders of other post-Soviet countries.
He said: “We have unequivocally assessed the events that took place in the country after the election in an attempt to make an unconstitutional coup against the model of color revolutions now called.” “Any color revolution will make the country weaker and the people more vulnerable. poverty.
According to reports, since the beginning of the protests in August, due to the suppression of demonstrators and opposition supporters, a total of four people have died, including Bandarunka. There was no criminal investigation of the deceased.
On Friday, the Commission of Inquiry suspended the investigation into the death of the protester Alexander Taraikovsky on August 10. The government insisted that he was killed by an explosive device, but his partner believed he was shot.Policemen.
A video taken by an Associated Press reporter showed Talekowski wearing a bleeding shirt before the collapse. Several police officers were seen nearby. Some people walked to where Talekowski was lying on the street and stood around him.
This video did not show why he fell to the ground or how his shirt bleeds, but it also did not show that he had explosives exploding, as the government said.
The EU has imposed sanctions on Lukashenko and dozens of officials because of their role in the security crackdown launched after the disputed elections. Stano said on Friday that the 27-member EU is “ready to impose more sanctions”.
European Commission President Ursula von der Lehn said in another video message that EU member states have asked EU executives to develop economic support plans for Belarus.
She said: “The European Union is ready to mobilize all its economic means to support and accompany democratic change.” “Europe’s economic impact is huge. It is up to us to decide to use our economic influence more strategically. We have the responsibility to clarify our position and take Stronger action to execute one’s position.”