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Tuesday 28 March 2023 Dublin: 11°C

# Alexander Lukashenko

This month
March 2023
# Xi Jinping
Belarus president Alexander Lukashenko 'fully supports' China's 'Peace Plan' for Ukraine
China recently published a position paper on Moscow’s war in Ukraine insisting it is a neutral party and calling for dialogue.
This year
# Belarus
Belarus begins trial in absentia of protest leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya
Tikhanovskaya, who claimed victory in the 2020 presidential election, faces a litany of charges including high treason.
All time
# Belarus
Proposed changes to Belarusian constitution would enable president to stay in office until 2035
The proposed amendments are published on the president’s official website.
# Belarus
Belarus opposition leader Tikhanovsky jailed for 18 years
Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, Sergei Tikhanovsky’s wife and self-exiled current opposition leader, denounced the verdict on Twitter.
# Belarus
Belarus mother of five jailed over ‘unsanctioned mass gatherings’
Volha Zalatar was arrested on the street when she was taking her 10-year-old daughter to music school.
# lukashenko
President of Belarus offers to host Russian nuclear weapons
Alexander Lukashenko has also said for the first time that he recognises the contested Crimean Peninsula as part of Russia.
# Belarus
Poland says border crisis 'greatest' bid to destabilise Europe since Cold War
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki is visiting the Baltic states to discuss the conflict.
# Alexander Lukashenko
Minsk says it will repatriate migrants at Polish border, as EU broadens its Belarus sanctions
Iraq has recorded 571 of its citizens on the border who have said they are ready to return “voluntarily”.
# Belarus
Belarus leader denies repression a year after disputed vote
President Alexander Lukashenko also promised to step down ‘very soon’ but would not say when exactly.
# Belarus
Last protest leader still in Belarus goes on trial accused of ‘conspiring to steal power’
Lukashenko has been cracking down on opponents since protests erupted last year following ‘unfair’ elections.
# Vitaly Shishov
Missing Belarus activist found dead in Ukraine, UN calls for 'thorough' investigation
Vitaly Shishov ran an NGO that helped his compatriots flee repression in Belarus.
# Belarus
Belarus authorities raid homes and offices of journalists and human rights activists
Authorities raided the homes of dozens of NGO workers and journalists across the country.
# Belarus
Belarus government accused of mounting misinformation attacks on journalist
An online campaign launched against Belarussian journalist, Roman Protasevich, alleges he has ties to Neo-Nazi groups.
# Human Rights
Belarus restricts citizens from leaving country
Only citizens with papers granting them a “permanent stay in a foreign state” are allowed to leave Belarus.
# belarus protests
Protest in solidarity with Belarusian political prisoners takes place in Dublin
The gathering was small and in line with Covid-19 regulations which limit how many can meet in public.
# Explainer
What's happened in Belarus since last year's protests against president Alexander Lukashenko?
Yesterday’s incident was the latest in a series of crackdowns against the country’s opposition.
# belarus protests
Anti-Lukashenko protests in Belarus continue as dozens are arrested in Minsk
Demonstrators waving the opposition’s red and white flag marched on the outskirts of the capital.
# Thomas Byrne
Ireland 'deeply troubled' by Belarus' threat to take children from protester parents
More than 700 people were jailed following latest anti-government protests in Belarus, the country’s interior ministry said on Monday.
# Asset freeze
EU launches sanctions against Belarus leader Lukashenko
Envoys from member states have given the green light to freeze Lukashenko’s assets.
# lukashenko
Strikes in Belarus as protests against president continue
There have been protests in Belarus since early August.
# Belarus
Belarus threatens to fire on anti-Lukashenko protesters as demonstrations rumble on
EU foreign ministers agreed to impose sanctions personally targeting the strongman leader.
# Belarus
Belarus president closes borders with Poland and Lithuania and puts army on alert
Protesters have been demanding the resignation of president Alexander Lukashenko since the August election.
# Minsk
Tens of thousands rally in Belarus amid mass arrests
“I came out for freedom,” one protester said today in Minsk.
# Protests
Belarus police detain dozens of female protesters as thousands take to the streets
A massive protest is expected in Minsk tomorrow.
# Minsk
Belarus opposition figure who went missing is detained at Ukraine border
Maria Kolesnikova was detained while trying to cross overnight into Ukraine.
# Protests
Belarus opposition figure Maria Kolesnikova 'kidnapped'
Hundreds of people were detained by police after weekend protests.
# Protests
Strike leader detained in Belarus as crackdown continues
The arrest is part of an effort to stifle weeks of protests demanding the resignation of Alexander Lukashenko.
# Minsk
Belarus detains more people as protests demanding leader’s resignation continue
The renewed crackdown on protesters comes as authorities crank up pressure on the opposition, jailing several activists.
# Svetlana Tikhanovskaya
Taoiseach speaks to Belarusian opposition leader to voice support, amid third week of Minsk protests
The Taoiseach expressed Ireland’s solidarity with the people of Belarus in their pursuit of democracy and human rights.
# Minsk
Tens of thousands take to the streets in Belarus demanding the resignation of the president
Officials warned Belarusians not to participate in “illegal demonstrations”.
# Belarus
EU rejects Belarus' disputed presidential election result as Lukashenko orders clampdown
Protesters have flooded the streets of Belarusian cities since the 9 August election.
# Belarus
'There will be no new election until you kill me': Lukashenko is defiant as EU leaders to discuss next steps
Lukashenko tried to rally support today but was met with workers chanting at him to “go away”.
# Protests
Belarus president Alexander Lukashenko rejects election rerun on seventh day of protests
Lukashenko said earlier that he has support from Russian President Vladimir Putin.
# Minsk
Thousands continue protests in Belarus as president discusses unrest with Vladimir Putin
Crowds gathered in Minsk to honour a protester who died during this week’s crackdown.
# Minsk
Thousands join new protests in Belarus capital as president eases crackdown
Today’s crowds in Minsk grew to more than 20,000, filling central Independence Square.
# Disputed Election
700 more people detained in Belarus as Lukashenko calls protesters 'sheep'
More than 6,700 people have been detained following protests over a disputed election.
# statement
Coveney labels violence against Belarus protesters 'unacceptable' as opposition leader flees to Lithuania
One demonstrator was killed last night during protests against election results in the country.
# Alexander Lukashenko
Explainer: Why protests have erupted in Belarus against Europe's 'last dictator'
Alexander Lukashenko just won another presidential election, although the opposition has said it was rigged.
# Alexander Lukashenko
Belarus president brands opposition 'sheep' as protests against election result continue
Dozens were injured and thousands detained hours after Sunday’s disputed vote.
# Alexander Lukashenko
Police and protesters clash amid accusations of rigged Belarus presidential vote
Opposition candidate Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya rejected the results of the exit poll.