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11.04.2017

White Legion members prosecuted for creation of illegal armed group
White Legion members prosecuted for creation of illegal armed group A criminal case under article 287 - the creation of an illegal armed formation - was initiated against members of White Legion, reads the newspaper "SB. Belarus Today." This fact is called extraordinary, because this is the first time in the history of sovereign Belarus. The investigators established the creation of a deeply conspiratorial organization with a clear hierarchy, rigid discipline, the ideological foundation and armament.

26.03.2017

Police detain 5 Minsk residents for pocession of weapons, restraining devices and masks
Police detain 5 Minsk residents for pocession of weapons, restraining devices and masks Minsk police met the immediate information on the possible provocations against peaceful citizens during the unpermitted mass rallies. During inspections, five Mink residents from Leninsky, Frunzensky and Zavodsky districts were detained. During further ransacks at places of their residence, police found different types of arms, restraining devices, masks and anarchist literature. Chemical reagents were also found; they were meant for inflicting injuries on law and order officers.

25.03.2017

Car with Molotov cocktails detained in Minsk
Car with Molotov cocktails detained in Minsk The March 25 protest in Minsk could turn into a tragedy. KGB officers have received timely information about the planned provocation during the unsanctioned rally. KGB noticed a passenger car parked on March 23 near the Academy of Sciences. The man who drove the car to this place is now known. This is a 32-year-old resident of Minsk Sergey Kuntsevich. In the car, law enforcement officers found megaphones, wires, a microphone and a cardboard box with dozens of bottles filled with liquid smelling of fuel mixture and wicks made from rags.
Protests ended without beginning. Freedom Day 2017 in Minsk
Protests end without beginning. Freedom Day 2017 in Minsk All these days, suspects in the terrorist attack in the UK were being arrested. Already more than a dozen people were held by the police. The head of the anti-terrorist division of the Greater London reported that arrests are made on the basis of searches, but did not specify how the detainees were linked to the attack. Perhaps it will be revealed during the proceedings. And, as far as we know, some have already been released. In Belarus, those suspected of preparing armed provocations on March 25 Freedom Day were also detained this week.
President Lukashenko: I can't allow for the situation in Ukraine to happen in Belarus
President Lukashenko: I can't allow for the situation in Ukraine to happen in Belarus After visiting Arvi Belagro, President Lukashenko traditionally talked to the employees of the company. He talked about employment, salaries, information opposition on the internet, about the latest arrests of extremists. Belarus President also stated that Belarus will not allow riots according to the Ukrainian scenario. The situation in the country is stable and under control.
Mayor: No sanctioned rallies planned in Minsk for 25 March
Mayor: No sanctioned rallies planned in Minsk for 25 March The organizers of street protests, scheduled for March 25 in Minsk, refused from their applications. By the way, almost all initiators - except one - made this decision even before the consideration of applications. The last reply was received on March 24. The Minsk City Executive Committee explained: the application (the proposed route in particular) does not meet the requirements of the legislation.

24.03.2017

Belarus President: Ukrainian scenario will not work
President Lukashenko: Ukrainian scenario will not work in Belarus Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko made a working trip to the Grodno region on 24 March. One of the topics he touched on were the possible protests scheduled for March 25. Belarus will not allow riots according to the Ukrainian scenario. The situation in the country is stable and under control.
Belarusian police reveals White Legion's plans for March 25 protest
Belarusian investigators reveal White Legion's plans for March 25 protest Investigators have found a whole arsenal of arms in houses of the activists of the organizations White Legion and Young Front. Machine guns, grenades, axes, symbols of the Azov battalion - this is an incomplete list of what was seized. A criminal investigation was opened against them for the preparation for participation in riots. Just before this news release, it became known that one of the suspects pointed a weapon stash.
Belarus President: We are able to maintain peace and tranquility in our country
Belarus President: We are able to maintain peace and tranquility in our country Belarus is able to keep peace and tranquility of its citizens, said March 23 Alexander Lukashenko at the meeting on public security March 23. The head of state ordered all government agencies to maintain law and order in strict accordance with the Constitution. Any deviation from the law, as the President said, will not be tolerated. Sky is without gunpowder above the heads of Belarusians and underfoot are clean sidewalks and roads. Around are well-groomed streets and avenues. Ahead is a clear prospect.
Weapons and anarchist literature found in apartment of 22-year-old Mozyr resident
Weapons and anarchist literature found in apartment of 22-year-old Mozyr resident Law enforcement officers have found two pistols, an electric shocker, body armor, and various emblems and literature promoting anarchism in the apartment of a resident of Mozyr. The trail leading to the 22-year-old girl was discovered during the investigations regarding the case of young people who threw bulbs with paint at billboards with social advertising in April 2016.

23.03.2017

President Lukashenko: Belarus is able to keep peace in the country
President Lukashenko: Belarus is able to keep peace in the country Belarus is able to keep peace and tranquility of its citizens, said March 23 Alexander Lukashenko at a meeting on public security. The head of state ordered all government agencies to maintain law and order in strict accordance with the Constitution. Any deviation from the norms of law, as noted by the President, will not be tolerated.
Belarus' law enforcement agencies clamp down on radical organization White Legion
Belarus' law enforcement agencies clamp down on radical organization White Legion On March 22, the phrase White Legion reappeared in the operative reports of law enforcement agencies of Belarus. The radical organization, which seemed to stop functioning almost 15 years ago, is again in the limelight. On March 22, law enforcement agencies carried out a few dozen searches. A solid arsenal of weapons (sapper shovels, body armor, rifles and even automatic recharge system) was found in the apartment of one of the group's participants. There is reason to believe that all this was intended to be used to organize unrest in the country.

22.03.2017

President Lukashenko: Situation in Belarus under control
President Lukashenko: Situation in Belarus under control Fair pricing, implementation of decree on social dependency, attempted armed breakthrough on the Belarusian-Ukrainian border and the fifth column in Belarus. The Belarusian President commented on these issues during the visit to the Mogilev Region on March 21.

20.03.2017

MP Igor Marzalyuk on protests, freedom and Belarus-EU relations
MP Igor Marzalyuk on protests, freedom and Belarus-EU relations A strange coincidence: the majority of these visits took place on March 15th. What was so special about that day? What events could encourage the high-ranking guests from respected countries to arrive in Minsk on March 15? Constitution Day? Hardly. This is of course an important date for Belarus but still it's not a public holiday. Maybe, the reason is protest events announced by the opposition on that day? I doubt it!
March 15 detentions in Minsk legal: protesters violate law on mass events
March 15 detentions in Minsk legal: protesters violate law on mass events The United States authorities decided that protesters are forbidden to wear masks back in the middle of the 20th century. In the first place, this measure was designed to fight the Ku Klux Klan movement. Many recollected this measure in the early 2010s when the streets of many American cities were flooded with members of the Occupy movement.

17.03.2017

Belarus' Interior Ministry explains detentions during March 15 rally in Minsk
Belarus' Interior Ministry explains detentions during March 15 rally in Minsk Person detained on March 15 during the rally against Decree No3 grossly violated the law on mass events and resisted the police, said the Interior Ministry March 16. Law enforcement officers acted strictly within the law, and the law is fairly loyal to such violations. European and US experience shows that one can get a year's jail term if a person's face is covered during a protest.

16.03.2017

Non-parasites March in Minsk held calmly
'Non-parasites march' takes place in Minsk March 15 The so-called "Non-parasites march", which did not draw a lot of people, was held in Minsk on March 15. It was held without incidents, with protesters sticking to the planned route. Organizers may deny that, but still some opposition activists tried to use the event for the sake of their own PR. It was also strange to see how this march was headed by anarchists.

13.03.2017

Batons, water cannons and rubber bullets: How police of different countries calms down raging demonstrators
Batons, water cannons and rubber bullets: How police of different countries calms down raging demonstrators Let us recall the phrase of President Lukashenko on Thursday at a meeting on current issues of the country's development: "There will be no Maidan in Belarus! There are no prerequisites for this. But it is always necessary to pre-empt a particular problem." We will now talk not about Belarus but about pre-emption. Even in the most democratic countries, approaches to demonstrators are tough, because they create a threat to public order and confront with the police. The events of recent weeks and daily news confirm this again and again.

09.03.2017

Alexander Lukashenko: There will be no Maidan in Belarus
Alexander Lukashenko: There will be no Maidan in Belarus Relations with Russia, employment policy and the decree on social dependency were discussed on March 9 at the meeting hosted by President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko. MORE: Gas prices should not be basis of Belarusian-Russian relations, Alexander Lukashenko says

08.03.2017

Who and why organizes protests against Decree No3 in Belarus?
Who and why organizes protests against Decree No3 in Belarus? The network continues to discuss the special report and investigation "Call to a Friend". Our colleagues collected facts that explain who and why organizes protests in Belarus. Why opposition was represented by only one person at the recent so-called "Marches against Decree No3" and what did anarchists do at these marches? The report shows phone calls answering many questions.