EU bans Belarus airlines as opposition urges G7 sanctions

Belarus carriers will be banned from flying over European Union territory or having access to its airports from Friday, the bloc said, as the country’s exiled opposition leader called for more joint Western sanctions. The EU decision is part of planned punitive measures against Belarus in response to Minsk scrambling a warplane to force theContinue reading “EU bans Belarus airlines as opposition urges G7 sanctions”

Belarus enacts new rules restricting citizens from leaving

Minsk’s border agency has announced new rules that will make it nearly impossible to leave the country. As citizens attempt to flee Belarus, longtime leader Alexander Lukashenko appears to be closing all the exits. Belarus’ border security agency on Monday announced a severe tightening of already strict rules limiting citizens’ ability to exit the countryContinue reading “Belarus enacts new rules restricting citizens from leaving”

Girlfriend of Belarusian blogger ‘confesses’ in video, opposition cries foul

The girlfriend of a Belarusian blogger detained with him on Sunday after a plane they were travelling on was forced to land in Belarus appeared in a video on Tuesday evening in which she made a confession that the opposition said looked forced. Speaking fast and looking uncomfortable, Sofia Sapega, a Russian citizen and theContinue reading “Girlfriend of Belarusian blogger ‘confesses’ in video, opposition cries foul”

Macron wants Belarus opposition to join G7 summit

French President Emmanuel Macron would like to invite the Belarus opposition to the Group of Seven summit due to be held next month in Cornwall, if host country Britain agrees, the French presidency said on Tuesday. Western countries are keen to show their support for opponents of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko after authorities in MinskContinue reading “Macron wants Belarus opposition to join G7 summit”

Belarus accused of ‘hijacking’ Ryanair flight diverted to arrest blogger

Roman Protasevich is wanted for organising last year’s protests against Alexander Lukashenko Belarus has been accused of hijacking a European jetliner and engaging in an act of state terrorism when it forced a Ryanair flight to perform an emergency landing in Minsk after a bomb threat and arrested an opposition blogger critical of authoritarian presidentContinue reading “Belarus accused of ‘hijacking’ Ryanair flight diverted to arrest blogger”

Lukashenka Signs Law Allowing Belarusian Police To Use Firearms Against Demonstrators

Belarus’s authoritarian leader Alyaksandr Lukashenka has signed into law legislation that allows police and security forces to shoot at demonstrators. The law, endorsed by Lukashenka on May 17, frees law enforcement officers from responsibility for damages inflicted on protesters by physical attack, firearms, combatant and special equipment if in such cases the actions are deemed “legal.” TheContinue reading “Lukashenka Signs Law Allowing Belarusian Police To Use Firearms Against Demonstrators”

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