People mourning the death of 31 year-old Raman Bandarenka, new data on the number of detentions since start of the protests, people who have been released report about humiliation and abuse
14 November 2020 | BYHelp-Mediagroup
People continue to flock to the People’s Memorial on the Square of Changes to honor the memory of killed Raman Bandarenka
A sea of flowers covers the famous Minsk courtyard known as the Square of Changes. People continue to mourn the death of 31-year-old Raman Bandarenka, who died on 12 November after being abducted from his own yard and beaten by unknown masked men.
Several dozen people are constantly in the courtyard, tents have been put up for volunteers who guard the People’s Memorial for Raman Bandarenka in order to prevent it from getting destroyed.
Preliminary results of three months of the struggle: over 25,000 detentions, 4,000 victims of police violence, not a single case being prosecuted
The telegram channel of the National Anti-Crisis Management, established by the headquarters of Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, published the data from internal reports of the Ministry of Internal Affairs on the number of detentions and the number of protocols drawn up in Belarus since August. According to the People’s Anti-Crisis Management, between 9 August and 3 November, over 25,800 people were detained for “violating the legislation on mass gatherings and for committing subsequent offenses during their course”. Over the same time, police employees issued more than 24 thousand administrative protocols.
It was also reported that 4,000 people filed allegations of violence committed by security forces. However, not a single one of these allegations has been prosecuted.
Arrests continue. People released from detention report about and humiliation. Prison capacities are freed for Sunday detentions
On Friday 13 November, detentions continued across the country. According to human rights activists, more than 50 peaceful protesters were detained in various cities of Belarus.
45 participants of a trip across the Brest region were detained the day before, most of them members of the Belaruskali strike committee, are accused of participating in an unauthorized mass gathering.
Meanwhile, people who have served their prison time have told reporters how law enforcement officers humiliated them in prison transports, police departments and isolation wards.
Witnesses noticed a large number of transport vehicles arrived at the Mahiliou prison from Minsk. Presumably, this is how the authorities vacate space in isolation wards in Minsk and nearby cities, to free capacity. On Sunday, 8 November, a record number of citizens, more than 1,000, had been detained.
Threats and arson attack against summer house of academician Mrochek, who had openly condemned the violence against peaceful protesters
Unknown people set fire to the summer house of academician Aleksander Mrochek, former director of the Republican Scientific and Practical Center of Cardiology. A doll with bloody eyes, pinned to a chair with a scalpel, and a threatening note were found near the site of the fire. The doctor, who is widely known throughout the country commented: “No one openly threatened me in the past. I have not worked for several months, since I was fired. This is the first time that I have received such a threat. Nobody has threatened me during my entire life.”
Aleksander Mrochek is a cardiologist and a member of the Belarusian National Academy of Sciences. He holds a PhD in medical sciences, is a professor and the author of more than 500 scientific papers. In August, Aleksander Mrochek was fired from his post as the director of the Republican Scientific and Practical Center of Cardiology for openly condemning the violence and for not prohibiting his subordinates from participating in peaceful protests and expressing their opinions during their free time.
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