Belarusian court sentences two journalists to two year imprisonment for filming protests

A Belarusian court sentenced two Belarusian journalists from Poland-based TV news channel Belsat to two years in prison on Thursday, after authorities arrested them for live filming protests against President Alexander Lukashenko. Katsiaryna Andreyeva, 27, and Darya Chultsova, 23, were detained in an apartment in November from where they had been filming protests taking place… Read More Belarusian court sentences two journalists to two year imprisonment for filming protests

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko says constitutional reforms referendum to be held by end of 2021

Embattled Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said constitutional reforms would be drawn up by the end of the year and then put to a national referendum, RIA news agency reported on Sunday. Belarus has been rocked by protests since an August 9 presidential election marred by voter fraud allegations. Lukashenko, in power since 1994, has rejected… Read More Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko says constitutional reforms referendum to be held by end of 2021

Exiled Minsk archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz returns to Belarus

Minsk’s exiled Catholic archbishop has returned to Belarus after Pope Francis successfully lobbied Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko to allow him back, the Interfax news agency reported on Thursday. Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz angered Lukashenko by defending the rights of anti-government protesters and was denied entry in August as he tried to return from a ceremony in… Read More Exiled Minsk archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz returns to Belarus

Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko orders for resolution of case involving exiled Minsk archbishop

Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko has ordered authorities to resolve the case of Minsk’s exiled Catholic archbishop at the request of Pope Francis, the foreign minister said on Tuesday. Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz, who had angered Lukashenko by defending the rights of anti-government protesters, was barred from entry in August as he tried to come home from… Read More Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko orders for resolution of case involving exiled Minsk archbishop

Vatican envoy meets Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko over exiling of Minsk archbishop

A special envoy from Pope Francis met on Thursday with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, the Vatican said, following tensions between the government and the Church over the exiling of the archbishop of Minsk. The Vatican said in a statement Archbishop Claudio Gugerotti, the Vatican’s ambassador to Britain and former envoy to Belarus, had met Lukashenko… Read More Vatican envoy meets Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko over exiling of Minsk archbishop

Belarusian police arrest dozens in anti-government protests

Belarusian police detained hundreds of people who took to the streets in mass demonstrations on Sunday chanting “I’m going out”, the last known written words of an anti-governmemt protester who died last week. A witness in the capital Minsk said police had used tear gas, rubber bullets and stun grenades to disperse the crowds demonstrating… Read More Belarusian police arrest dozens in anti-government protests

Belarusian police fire stun grenades at protesters as opposition threaten national strike

Belarusian police used stun grenades against protesters on Sunday as tens of thousands of people headed towards Independence Palace in the capital Minsk demanding that President Alexander Lukashenko resign. Protesters carrying the red-and-white flags of the Belarusian opposition movement scattered as loud bangs and flashes lit up the city’s streets after nightfall, videos showed. The… Read More Belarusian police fire stun grenades at protesters as opposition threaten national strike