Belarus: Event management firms are the latest target in crackdown on dissent

Source: ABC News

“Police in Belarus have raided dozens of event management companies suspected of opposition ties as part of on ongoing crackdown against dissent, a human rights center says. Authorities released videos of detained staffers seemingly admitting to links with opposition leaders, and to participating in the mass protest marches in 2020. The videos could not immediately be verified, and it was not clear whether people spoke under duress. The 2020 demonstrations swept Belarus after President Alexander Lukashenko claimed victory in an election condemned by many critics and observers as fraudulent. The pro-democracy marches that followed provoked a violent backlash from police, who detained about 35,000 people. Belarusian human rights center Viasna said at least four people were detained in the latest raids, which took place in the Belarusan capital of Minsk and across the country.” (06/05/24)