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Belarus: Thousands attend Minsk funeral of protester beaten to death by security forces01:25

Belarus: Thousands attend Minsk funeral of protester beaten to death by security forces

Russian Federation, Minsk
November 21, 2020 at 14:24 GMT +00:00 · Published

Thousands of Belarusians gathered in Minsk to attend the funeral held for 31-year-old protester who was brutally beaten by security forces and died in a hospital, on Saturday.

Mourners could be seen next to the Church of the Holy Resurrection. The church was not large enough to host all the attendees, who were holding flowers and photos of the deceased. When the coffin was taken away, mourners clapped their hands and chanted, “Long life Belarus” and “Roma, you are the hero.”

According to local reports, witnesses said protester Roman Bondarenko was severely beaten by security forces dressed in plain clothing, after scuffles broke out. The security forces arrived at the playground to remove red and white ribbons, which had been placed there in support of the opposition.

Bondarenko was taken to hospital, but died of his injuries on November 12.

The Minsk City Executive Committee is investigating the incident, and the Ministry of Internal Affairs insist that the scuffles were between civilians and Bondarenko, who was allegedly under the influence of alcohol.

The European union has condemned Bondarenko’s death and on Thursday announced fresh sanctions against Belarusian regime.

Belarus has been swept by anti-government protests following the disputed presidential election that saw long-time leader Lukashenko re-elected for a sixth term in August.

Belarus: Thousands attend Minsk funeral of protester beaten to death by security forces01:25
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Thousands of Belarusians gathered in Minsk to attend the funeral held for 31-year-old protester who was brutally beaten by security forces and died in a hospital, on Saturday.

Mourners could be seen next to the Church of the Holy Resurrection. The church was not large enough to host all the attendees, who were holding flowers and photos of the deceased. When the coffin was taken away, mourners clapped their hands and chanted, “Long life Belarus” and “Roma, you are the hero.”

According to local reports, witnesses said protester Roman Bondarenko was severely beaten by security forces dressed in plain clothing, after scuffles broke out. The security forces arrived at the playground to remove red and white ribbons, which had been placed there in support of the opposition.

Bondarenko was taken to hospital, but died of his injuries on November 12.

The Minsk City Executive Committee is investigating the incident, and the Ministry of Internal Affairs insist that the scuffles were between civilians and Bondarenko, who was allegedly under the influence of alcohol.

The European union has condemned Bondarenko’s death and on Thursday announced fresh sanctions against Belarusian regime.

Belarus has been swept by anti-government protests following the disputed presidential election that saw long-time leader Lukashenko re-elected for a sixth term in August.

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