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12 nov. 2020 | 23h54 UTC

Belarus: Thousands gather to mourn death of protester in Minsk November 12

Belarus Alerte de sécurité

Thousands gather in Minsk to mourn death of anti-government protester on November 12; avoid further associated gatherings as a precaution

TIMEFRAME expected from 12/11/2020, 12h00 until 14/11/2020, 11h59 (Europe/Minsk). COUNTRY/REGION Minsk


Thousands of people gathered in Minsk on Thursday, November 12, to mourn the death of an anti-government demonstrator, Roman Bondarenko, who was allegedly beaten by Belarusian security forces and then died in hospital. Bondarenko was detained after scuffling with individuals who were reportedly removing red-and-white ribbons that represent the protest movement against veteran President Alexander Lukashenko. The interior ministry denies responsibility for Bondarenko's death, claiming he was killed due to injuries received in the scuffles with civilians. Media sources indicate that Thursday's gathering remained peaceful.

Further associated gatherings and protests are possible in Minsk over the near term. A heightened security presence is expected in the vicinity of any protest.


Protests have been taking place throughout Belarus since Lukashenko was declared the winner of the country's August 9 presidential election in a result which opposition groups denounced as fraudulent. The large-scale protests and increased political tensions have seen security forces blocking access to a number of cities as clashes with protesters were reported. Security forces have deployed tear gas, rubber bullets, water cannons, batons, and stun grenades in attempts to disperse crowds.


Those scheduled to travel to Belarus should monitor developments regarding the increased border restrictions and review their travel itineraries accordingly. Travelers in the country should avoid all demonstrations and large gatherings, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities and their home governments, and refrain from discussing politically sensitive topics in public or on social media.


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