Belarus Arrests Opposition Leaders as Teachers Join Anti-Government Protests

27.08.2020 - Belarus - Democracy Now!

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Belarus Arrests Opposition Leaders as Teachers Join Anti-Government Protests
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In Belarus, two opposition leaders were arrested Tuesday and ordered jailed for 10 days, as President Alexander Lukashenko continues to violently crack down on anti-government protesters. Massive mobilizations have gone on for over two weeks after the longtime authoritarian leader was declared the winner of an election opponents say was rigged. On Tuesday, thousands of school teachers gathered outside the country’s Ministry of Education protesting against a threat by Lukashenko to fire school teachers who do not support his government.

Teacher: “Teachers must not be afraid to teach, to bring up children. Their voice must be heard now. Even if they have their own opinion, they can still do their job. They must not get fired for this. The teachers should stop being the sheep who obey orders without asking.”

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