Belarus: Activist stabs himself with pen while in court

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“A Belarusian activist stabbed himself in the neck during a court hearing Tuesday in Minsk to protest political repression and authorities’ threats to prosecute his relatives. Stsiapan Latypau used a pen to inflict the wound while he was sitting in court in a defendant’s cage, according to the Viasna human rights center in Belarus. Videos posted online showed Latypau being carried out of the building in Belarus’ capital and put into an ambulance. He was hospitalized and put into an induced coma, Visana said. His lawyer, Olga Batyuk, wouldn’t comment on Latypau’s condition.” (06/01/21)