Minsk: Linguistics students to police: ‘Get lost!’

On Wednesday, the students continued protesting at the building of Minsk State Linguistic University (MSLU). Some of them have been detained.

The video below shows students chanting in the lobby: ‘Get lost!’. They addressed the policemen who came to disperse the participants, demanding they leave their alma mater.

On September 1, Belarus’ official Knowledge Day, lots of students took to the streets to protest against vote rigging and the authorities’ harsh response to dissidence. OMON special forces and plainclothed policemen were spotted in brutally detaining people in Victory Square. MSLU being located in the vicinity. Notably, university professor Ihar Puchenya, which is responsible for educational work, told students that OMON would be let into the building if they did not stop protesting.

80 persons, including a dozen journalists, were detained during Tuesday’s protests, Belarusian human rights defenders report.

For over three weeks, post-election protests have been underway in the country; the major demands of Belarusians are Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s resignation; holding a free and fair election; releasing political prisoners; putting an end to police violence; state-run TV stations’ providing people with unbiased and reliable information.

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