translated from Spanish: Belarusian opposition leader Maria Kolésnikova, arrested by strangers in Minsk

Minsk, Belarus.- The Belarusian opposition leader, Maria Kolésnikova, was arrested by a group of strangers in central Minsk, the Belarusian portal TUT.by.» On the morning of September 7, next to the National Museum of Art, strangers climbed Kolésnikova on a minibus in which ‘Sviaz’ (Communications) was written and was taken in an unknown direction,» said the portal, which cites witnesses to the events.
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Kolésnikova, a member of the Coordinating Council (CC) presy for the peaceful handover of power in Belarus, is one of the leading figures of the Belarusian opposition in the country.» We received confirmation that Maria was allegedly detained in central Minsk,» Interfax Pavel Latushko, a member of the CC’s presence, told Russian agency. He added that contact has also been lost with other activists of the opposition agency.» We cannot communicate with Anton Rodnenkov and Ivan Kravtsov (…). We don’t know where they are and what happened to them,» said Latushko, who added:
All we can assume is that the authorities are doing everything they can to without hindering the Council’s work to the fullest.»

Minsk Police, for their part, denied that Kolésnikova had been arrested by her officers. Kolésnikova, a music by profession, is the only one in the women’s troika who stood up to President Alexandr Lukashenko during the election campaign that continues in Minsk, as the opposition leader, Svetlana Tijanóvskaya, is in Lithuania, and Verónika Tsepkalo also went into exile after the Elections on 9 August. In a recent interview with Efe, the opponent assured that she was not afraid of being arrested.» I know the last 26 years of Belarusian history too well. For me it was a choice and a risk that I took with all the consequences. But the future of Belarus deserves to fight for it and sacrifice some comforts. I’m not sorry,» he said. You may also be interested in:



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