Detentions began in Belarus at protest actions :: Society :: RBC

During the protest action, the participants in a column moved along the central streets of the Belarusian capital towards the stele “Minsk – Hero City”. According to Tut.by, there are several thousand people in the convoy. The portal reports that unknown persons in helmets and balaclavas are blocking the central Independence Avenue.

Also, protest actions began in Vitebsk, Polotsk, Novopolotsk, Grodno.

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Radio Liberty – Belarus reports that people are being detained in Lida, and solitary arrests are also taking place in Grodno.


Military equipment and security forces pulled into the center of Minsk

October 25 is the last day of the ultimatum that Tikhanovskaya presented to President Alexander Lukashenko. October 13 she demanded for the head of state to resign, stop street violence against protesters and release political prisoners. She threatened that if the demands are not met, “the whole country” will peacefully issue a popular ultimatum, and on October 26 a strike of enterprises will begin and “a collapse in sales in state stores. Roads will also be blocked, Tikhanovskaya said.

Before Sunday’s protest in the center of Minsk pulled off special and military equipment, as well as law enforcement officers. Barriers were set up in Victory Park in the city center.


Protests in Belarus on the last day of the ultimatum to the authorities. Photo report




Before the protest, the authorities again demanded to reduce the bandwidth of the mobile Internet, reported companies.

Protests in Belarus began on August 9, after the completion of voting in the presidential elections. According to official data, Lukashenka won them.
The country’s CEC reported that he received 80% of the vote. His opposition rival Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, according to official figures, was supported by 10%. Her headquarters believe that she won the victory. Many European countries did not recognize Lukashenko as president, and the past elections were legitimate. Russia recognizes the legality of Lukashenka as head of state.

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Women’s strike. Protest in front of Kaczyński’s house. Even 10 thousand. people in Warsaw. Live

Women’s strike all over Poland. After the judgment of the Constitutional Tribunal on the abortion of Polish women and Poles, in front of the house of Jarosław Kaczyński. They also took to the streets in Wrocław, Kraków and over 50 other cities. Preliminary calculations show that even several thousand people went to the streets of Warsaw.

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Continued demonstrations, the Thai government promises to protect the monarchy

KOMPAS.com – Government Thailand vowed to keep protecting the monarchy even though tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters gathered in Bangkok and other cities over the weekend.

Protesters are demanding for a new constitution and restrictions on the king’s powers.

Demonstrators again opposed an emergency decree banning public gatherings of more than five people.

About 10,000 people took to the streets and surrounded the Bangkok Victory Monument and blocked traffic around the main business center.

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Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha supported the idea of ​​a parliament holding an emergency session to find a way out of the current political crisis, but he said the government must protect the monarchy.

“The government has done its best to make a compromise. What I ask is to avoid destroying government and public infrastructure,” Prayut said as quoted by CNN International, October 19, 2020.

“As we saw yesterday there was an incident, there was fighting among protesters. I would urge them to be extra careful,” he continued.

Prayut added that the government and all Thai citizens are obliged to protect the monarchy.

Threat of prison sentence

The Thai anti-government movement is getting bolder, and even some anti-monarchy hashtags that are trending on social media are shouted on the streets of Bangkok.

Protesters are risking long prison terms by breaking old taboos to criticize the monarchy.

The leaders protest has been arrested on charges such as sedition, which is punishable by up to seven years in prison.

On Friday (16/10/2020), two activists were arrested on charges of committing violence against the Queen, after her motorcade was blocked by an anti-government mob.

The two men are likely to face life sentences.

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However, threats of imprisonment, arrest of protest leaders and emergency decrees have not deterred the protest movement, which demands reform of the monarchy and holds the King in charge of the constitution.

The movement started in earnest after former general and coup leader Prayur returned to power following a disputed general election in 2019.

Another major demand from the protesters is for a bill to be redesigned by the military to allow the military to hold political power.

True democracy cannot occur in Thailand, until a ruler consisting of the monarchy, military political elite and the wealthy is reformed.

Warning to the media

Police have ordered Thailand’s National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission to investigate four local media outlets for coverage of the protests.

A police notification issued Friday said local media including Voice TV, The Reporters and The Standrard posted content deemed disruptive to national security, peace and public morals under the new emergency measures.

If the coverage is known to be illegal, it may face suspension of operations and digital content will be removed.

Deputy police spokesman Kritsana Pattanacharoen announced the formation of a media information management committee tasked with investigating all media and electronic information affecting internal security.

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Meanwhile, Thailand’s Club of Foreign Correspondents issued a statement saying the new ruling vaguely defines the criteria for news coverage, and expressed concern that journalists could be arrested simply for doing their job.

“The FCCT urges the authorities to respect the roles and responsibilities of all media in Thailand,” he said.

Thailand has one of those laws that prohibits criticism of the King, Queen, heir or district head.

The law carries a maximum prison sentence of 15 years.

Imitating Hong Kong and Telegram

The crowd over the weekend was fueled by clashes between police and protesters in Bangkok on Friday.

Riot police approached protesters at the Pathumwan intersection and fired water cannons with indelible blue dye to disperse the crowd.

The move opened a new chapter for the student-led protest movement in Thailand to have heated up since July.

At the weekend, protesters arrived in larger numbers, with authorities failing to prevent crowds from gathering by shutting down the elevated rail system in the city and parts of the subway.

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The demonstrators used stealthy tactics inspired by the 2019 Hong Kong protests to evade the authorities.

Protest leaderless is hosted on the Telegram platform, with locations announced on social media.

Throughout the torrential rains, protesters called on Prime Minister Prayut to step down and the authorities to release the detained protesters.

The total number of people is estimated at around 20,000 and 74 people were arrested at three locations.

Prayut, who denies that he orchestrated last year’s general elections, insists he will not resign.

On Sunday, he warned that increasing numbers of anti-government mobs across the country might be used by activists to incite violence.

The palace has not yet commented on these protests.

“The state needs people who love the country and love royal institutions,” said Thai King Maha Vajiralongkom.

Started by students, the protest movement drew support from all walks of life and Thai celebrities increasingly showed their support by posting messages to their millions of followers.

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Thailand: protest starts again, thousands in the square in Bangkok – Last Hour

(ANSA) – BANGKOK, OCTOBER 17 – Thousands of young Thai anti-government protesters took to the streets in the last hour for the fourth consecutive day, this time in three different locations in Bangkok, bypassing traffic restrictions and police blockades.

After authorities blocked the metro network throughout the center and some of the major road junctions, rumors on social media pointed to three new protest sites in the northern, western and eastern suburbs. In particular, it is the Lat Phrao Intersection in the north where thousands of people are arriving, with the crowd continuing to grow.

There are currently no agents in the areas occupied by the demonstrators. Last night, riot police dispersed hundreds of unarmed demonstrators with powerful jets of water mixed with blue paint and tear gas. (HANDLE).

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