Belarus: Reprisals against participants in recent peaceful rallies

Thousands of people joined peaceful street rallies under the slogan “My nie darmoyedy!” (“We are not spongers!”) in Minsk, Homel, Vytebsk and other cities and towns across Belarus between 17 and 26 February. Contrary to common practice in recent years, the rallies had not been expressly authorised in advance by the authorities but were still allowed to proceed, in central locations, by the police.

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