‘Vile power killed my son’. Detainee’s death reported amid protests in Belarus

On August 12, the mother of 25-year-old Alyaksandr Vikhor informed Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty of her son’s death. The resident of Homiel blames the Belarusian authorities for her loss.

Protests in Minsk. 11 August 2020. Photo: Belsat.eu

Alyaksandr’s mother says that he did not take part in protests, he was just going on a date.

“He texted me that he had been caught. I have been in search of him all this time. No one provided me with any information about him. Today I has been told that Sasha is in the morgue,” his mother told RFE/RL.

According to his mother, the young man had heart problems. Due to the lack of places in Homel detention centres, the detainees were reportedly being kept in vans in the blazing sun for a long time. Alyaksandr got sick; he begged for help, shouted, but the policemen thought he was insane and sent him to a mental hospital.

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“They tried to save his life, but in vain, because, as I was told, he had already been brought in a state of clinical death,” she said.

The woman was not even allowed to see the son’s body in the morgue. She suggests it might have bruises and other signs of abuse.

“I urge the people who were in the paddy wagon with him to tell me the truth when they are released! What happened to Sasha there? I just want people to know that this vile power has killed my son,” the woman stressed.

On August 1o, the Belarusian Interior Ministry reported the death of a man who was participating in post-election protests in Minsk.

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