Stop the Violent Suppression of Peaceful Protests

Target: Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus

Goal: Stop using violent military force against peaceful protesters.

Peaceful protests in the Eastern European country of Belarus are being suppressed with a variety of different violent tactics, including the use of rubber bullets, water cannons, Molotov cocktails and reported torture. Belarusian police have arrested hundreds of protesters and detained dozens of journalists attempting to cover the unrest.

These anti-government demonstrations are taking place as part of the Belarus Democracy Movement and in protest of authoritarian president Alexander Lukashenko, who many believe rigged several past and recent elections to remain in power. Suppression of the protests have involved riot police, internal troops and elite special forces detaining and then reportedly torturing protesters. President Vladimir Putin of Russia has promised military support if demonstrations continue.

Several organizations worldwide have denounced the deployment of extreme police violence, calling his tactics a systematic violation of human rights. Demand that Lukashenko end these inhumane acts of terror against peaceful protesters.


Dear President Lukashenko,

Belarusians have every right to protest against the government, especially if they believe your rise to power was rigged and unfair.

Your violent attempts at suppressing protests have proven incredibly inhumane and dangerous for thousands of demonstrators and journalists. Deploying military force only adds fuel to the fire. I demand that you immediately halt your violent and oppressive acts of terror against peaceful protesters.


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