Belarus closed its land border from everyone except Russia
The government of Belarus has decided that from 18:00 on October 29, 2020, a temporary restriction on entry into the country through land-based checkpoints for individuals from Ukraine, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland will be introduced. This was reported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine at your Facebook page.
“The State Border Committee of Belarus explained the introduction of temporary restrictions on the Belarusian border by the difficult epidemic situation in the mentioned countries,” the department said.
In addition to Ukraine, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland, Belarus has a border with Russia, but its closure has not yet been reported.
Restrictions do not apply to:
- employees of diplomatic missions and consular offices, documented by diplomatic and service passports;
- drivers of vehicles engaged in international road transport;
- members of train crews of international railway communication.
At the same time, according to preliminary information, the checkpoint at the Minsk international airport will operate without restrictions.
Strike in Belarus
On Monday, October 26, a large-scale nationwide strike began in Belarus - the largest since the beginning of protests in this country after the summer presidential elections, writes "New Time".
It was joined by employees of large enterprises and factories (including the Minsk Wheel Tractor Plant, JSC "Grodno Azot", the tractor and electrical engineering plants in Minsk, Belorusneft), students of leading universities (in Minsk, including the Belarusian State University, pedagogical, economic and medical universities, Belarusian State University of Culture and Arts), as well as many private businesses - from cafes, bars and shops to beauty salons, sports and medical centers, travel agencies, etc.
This strike is a reaction to the failure of the Belarusian authorities to fulfill the “people's ultimatum”, which the Belarusian opposition and protesters voiced earlier to Alyaksandr Lukashenko. They put forward three demands: that, no later than October 25, Lukashenka announced his resignation, and that all political prisoners in Belarus be released and violence against the population completely stopped.
The Belarusian authorities have responded to these calls with opposite measures. On October 25, when more than 100 people took to the streets of Minsk to remind Lukashenka of the people's ultimatum, more than 500 people were detained in the country. Again, special equipment, flash and noise grenades and rubber bullets were used against the demonstrators. The detentions continue.
Alexander Lukashenko said that the strikes were allegedly paid for from Poland and Lithuania, so everyone who supports them should be fired, and the protesting students should be expelled, writes DW.
As ForumDaily wrote earlier:
- In Belarus, on Sunday, August 9, the presidential elections were held, which were initially accompanied by mass protests of people who disagreed with the policies of the current president, Alexander Lukashenko, who has been ruling the country for 26 years. After the announcement of the results protests erupted with renewed vigor, many disagree and doubt their veracity.
- Thousands of people gathered to protest against falsification of elections in Belarus. They are beaten and dispersed by the security forces. One person died... Svetlana Tihanovskaya left the country.
- On August 12, the European Union and the United States announced that the presidential elections in Belarus on August 9, in which the incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko was declared the winner, were neither free nor fair... The EU and the US plan to impose new sanctions against Minsk.
- August 12 police officers opened fire to kill the protesters.
- 12 August women in different cities of the country formed living chains and sang lullabies near the monuments. TV presenters were fired from state channels, and military personnel and police officers threw uniforms and insignia into garbage cans.
- How detained protesters are bullied in Belarus, read in our material.
- For those affected by the protests already raised over two million dollars... At the same time, the money is collected through the personal Facebook of the campaign organizer, and there will be no detailed reporting on payments. But this is the only working scheme for Belarus - otherwise the fundraisers may be jailed.
- On August 16, Minsk hosted the largest political protest in the history of Belarus - hundreds of thousands of people came out under white-red-white flags. The “Freedom March”, as the opposition called its action, took place immediately after the rally in support of President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko.
- On August 19, a coordinating council of the opposition, created by supporters of Svetlana Tikhanovskaya for the transfer of power in the country, began work in Belarus. Alexander Lukashenko called the creation of the council an attempt to seize power and threatened with harsh measures.
- September 23 Lukashenko held a secret inauguration and took office as President of Belarus.
- Both the US and the EU refused to consider Alexander Lukashenko the legally elected president Belarus
- October 13, the leader of the Belarusian opposition Svetlana Tikhanovskaya announced “people's ultimatum” to President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenkowhich expires on 25 October.
- The deadline for fulfilling the ultimatum expired on October 26. Lukashenko, who ruled Belarus for 26 years, ignored the opposition's ultimatum demanding his resignation. Countrywide rallies and strikes began en masse.
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