Amnesty International are calling for journalist Raman Pratasevich, former editor-in-chief of the popular opposition Telegram channel NEXTA, to be released, as Belarusian Government forces a Ryanair flight to land in Minsk.
Parliament is debating the new Policing, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill, which amongst other things is looking to criminalise causing ‘serious annoyance’ to the public – making it easier to find people in breach of protest laws.
Last week’s election in Belarus has led to around 70,000 people protesting, as Alexander Lukashenko, who has been in power for 26 years, claimed to have won 80% of the vote. Workers have begun striking to put pressure on bosses to denounce Lukashenko
Thousands have joined protests across Scotland in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. But there are some that think race issues are being imported from the US, and that these protests aren’t necessary in Scotland…
“Solidarity will mean nothing if the people voicing it aren’t also doing what they can to advance the causes of those who are disenfranchised in their own countries. Anti-Blackness and white supremacy are global domination projects and they have affected every place on the planet.”
“On Monday, thousands turned out in Quito and other cities, again with face masks and a careful distance between each protester. In fact, it was the police who did not respect social distancing, as they charged protesters in the historic centre of Quito, using tear gas and truncheons.”