2 November 2020 | BYHelp-Mediagroup
Participants of the Sunday protest became suspects in a criminal case
Following the results of the Sunday march on 1 November, the Investigative Committee of Belarus opened a criminal case under Part 1 of Article 342 (“Organization and preparation of actions that grossly violate public order”) of the Criminal Code of Belarus. The length of imprisonment under this law is up to 3 years. 231 people detained during the peaceful protest became suspects under this article. The decision to initiate a criminal case was made in less than a day, which is simply impossible if you follow the procedure according to experts.
It is noteworthy that just a week ago, Belarusian demonstrators were punished within the framework of administrative legislation.
It is also important to note that since August, people who have been beaten by security officers have filed more than 1,800 claims for inflicting bodily harm to the Investigative Committee, but no criminal investigations have been opened against security forces.
Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya spoke about the results of yesterday’s march: “Yesterday showed the strength of peaceful protest and the impotence of the regime”
“Yesterday showed the strength of peaceful protest and the impotence of the regime. The whole world knows that for Belarusians, Kurapaty is a reminder of the inhuman crimes that the Soviet regime hid for many years. And yesterday, the Lukashenko regime committed a new crime. At the place where thousands of innocent Belarusians were executed, he once again opened fire on people. On the day of the March Against Terror, the regime staged a new terror…”
Traditional Monday March of Pensioners took place in Minsk
The March of Pensioners was held under the slogan “Stop scaring us”, and doctors joined the march as well. Also, in the evening on 2 November, the action “White Gowns” took place – doctors came to support the students of the Medical University; 9 doctors were detained. The doctors who were not detained deliberately tried to get into the police bus so as not to abandon their colleagues. The security forces said that they do not need women today, the White Gowns Telegram channel reports.
To date, there are more than 80 known cases of pressure and repressions against medical workers in Belarus. This is happening against the backdrop of the authorities’ silence on the real statistics of COVID-19 infections.
Workers of Belarusian companies continue to join the strike
Throughout the day on 2 November, video messages from workers of various Belarusian companies with statements about joining the strike appeared on social media. The strike was supported by employees of a metallurgical plant in Zhlobin, “Belaruskali” in Salihorsk, and “Hrodna Azot” in Hrodna.
At the same time, layoffs continue – for example, 25 employees have already been laid off at the Minsk Electrotechnical Plant.
It also became known that the management of one of the largest oil refineries in the country, “Naftan” (Navapolatsk), sent its employees to “Hrodna Azot” in order to ensure the smooth operation of the company, where many workers continue to strike.
Russian propagandist will run one of the largest newspapers in Belarus
A journalist of the Moscow edition of the “Komsomolskaya Pravda” newspaper, Aleksandr Kots, has been assigned as the acting editor-in-chief of the “Komsomolskaya Pravda in Belarus” newspaper (one of the largest print media in Belarus). He plans to commence his duties next week.
The Ukrainian authorities have banned Aleksandr Kots from entering the country as an accomplice of terrorists. He participated in reporting on conflicts in Kosovo, Afghanistan, Syria, Ukraine, Iraq, Libya, Egypt, and Nagorno-Karabakh. By the decree of the President of Russia, Kots was awarded the Medal of the Order of Merit to the Fatherland (II degree) for the “objectivity of reporting on events in Crimea”.
It is noteworthy that according to Belarusian legislation, only a citizen of Belarus can be the editor-in-chief of a Belarusian publication. Kots does not have citizenship in the Republic of Belarus.
At the end of last week, five employees of the “Komsomolskaya Pravda in Belarus” editorial office resigned.
Uladzimir Karahin, the leader of the entrepreneurial movement in Belarus, died suddenly
Uladzimir Karahin led business unions for many years, and was the chairman of the Supreme Coordination Council of the Republican Confederation of Entrepreneurship. He was 68 years old. Uladzimir actively advocated for democratic change in Belarus. His departure is a great loss for the business community of Belarus.
The BYSOL Solidarity Fund has paid more than 1 million euros to victims
On 2 November, the BYSOL / Belarus Solidarity Foundation announced that it had already paid out more than 1.2 million US dollars (more than 1 million euros) to victims. This is 35% of the 3.49 million US dollars raised. The fund has already supported more than 2,700 applications.
There are more and more Belarusians who need help. You can support the people of Belarus through the BYSOL fund.
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