The European country of Belarus has had the attention of the international community in recent months after its tumultuous and allegedly fraudulent presidential election last year. On Tuesday, Belarusian authorities reportedly raided the offices and homes of journalists and human rights activists. This is the latest action taken to put down protests against authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko.
The Associated Press reported:
Police searched the offices of the Belarusian Association of Journalists and the Viasna human rights center as well as the apartments of its members, confiscating their equipment. More than 30 people were briefly detained, and at least three remained in police custody, according to activists.
The Council of Europe’s human rights commissioner, Dunja Mijatovic, spoke out against the actions on Twitter, calling them “unacceptable. Freedoms of expression, association & assembly shld be ensured…”