Target: Igor Anatolievich Shunevich, Minister of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Belarus
Goal: Put an immediate end to police brutality against peaceful protesters.
Innocent people are allegedly being subjected to violent treatment and detainment by police in Belarus where protesters gathered to oppose the annual tax imposed on anyone who works for less than six months a year, referred to as President Lukashenka’s “anti-parasite” law. According to reports, more than 1,000 people have been arrested, many of them peaceful citizens, innocent of any wrongdoing. Filip Warwick, a British freelance journalist, was one of the many victims of police brutality. Warwick says he was on his way to his hostel when police from the Special Purpose Mobile Unit, better known as OMON, began violently herding people into vans, even though they weren’t even protesting at the time. Warwick says he was thrown like a ball into one of the vans, and when he asked what was going on, police knocked him to the ground.
Another incident involved actress Jana Rusakievich, a member of the Belarus Free Theater who was at the rally taking photos. Rusakievich said she was left in the hospital with a concussion after police stopped her and beat her. Another man and his pregnant wife were only trying to go get groceries, but were instead herded into a police van, and the man was later taken away and charged with participating in an unlawful protest.
Even the European Union has condemned the disgusting actions of the Belarusian authorities, but they have yet to stop. Please add your signature to the petition below to demand that an end be put to these horrific crimes and human rights violations immediately.
Dear Minister Shunevich,
Over a thousand innocent people were reportedly met with violence, detainment, and mistreatment by riot police during the protests in Minsk. Many of the people weren’t even part of the protest, yet they were abused and detained. One woman, for example, was left in the hospital with a concussion because police stopped her after she’d taken photos at the rally and beat her.
Something is terribly wrong when the authorities have no qualms with beating innocent people in broad daylight. We, the undersigned, are demanding that you put an end to the human rights violations and violence committed by Belarus’ police force starting immediately.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Ivan Bandura