“We have a fairly large group that is under investigation, all of them are in custody, a fairly large group of so-called anarchists. […] They also had interactions with the anarchist movements in both the Russian Federation and Ukraine. Therefore, there, in a number of criminal cases, in this criminal case, we also have in custody non-citizens of the Republic of Belarus, who also adhere to this movement, “he said.
The representative of the Investigative Committee of Belarus claims that “this group of anarchists developed and built its activities” long before the presidential election campaign, after which protests began.
Pascoe claims that “they honed their activities back in the Brest region, at the battery plant.”
“German Wave” in May she spoke about the protests against the construction of a battery plant in the Brest region of Belarus.
In Belarus August 9, 2020 the presidential elections were held, after which mass protests of those who disagreed with the voting results began. According to official figures, the victory in them was won by Alexander Lukashenko, who has been in power since 1994, for which 80.1% of voters voted. Oppositionist Svetlana Tikhanovskaya took the second place with 10.1% of the votes. At the same time, alternative exit polls showed the opposite picture – a confident victory for Tikhanovskaya.
The opposition insists on holding new elections in Belarus. Lukashenka said that first, the country needs to change the constitution (the draft of the new constitution, according to him, will present in 2021), and then hold new elections.
Belarusian security forces violently dispersed rallies using stun grenades, rubber bullets and water cannons… During the protests, hundreds of demonstrators were injured and injured. According to the human rights center “Viasna”, since August in the country detained more than 25 thousand people, in total they received 83 thousand days of arrest. The authorities announced four dead protesters, opposition – about eight.
On September 23, Lukashenko held a secret inauguration ceremony, for the first time in the history of Belarus. not announced and not televised… A number of states, including the USA, Great Britain, Canada, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Denmark, Ukraine and Czech Republic, did not recognize Lukashenka’s inauguration.
According to Pascoe, more than 1600 criminal cases have been initiated in Minsk alone on the fact of mass events since July 2020, documents on more than 400 persons involved have already been sent to the courts.