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‘They Had Been beating people Seriously’: Teenager relives detention in Belarus

A Belarusian adolescent was walking down a road at the beginning of protests when a minibus pulled him and a special police team arrested him.

“A minibus with no signs simply belonged to us along with a police unique squad jumped from there, and they grabbed me. I had been sent to a police channel. I had been in a gym with my face into the ground,” the adolescent whose name we’re withholding for his safety, told Euronews.

The incident happened on Monday at approximately 8 p.m. local time as Belarus was in the throes of its next day of protests later Alexander Lukashenko won 80 percent of their votes in an election several, such as European leaders and local NGOs, consider to be deceptive.

The 16-year-old was around the road in Minsk like several others when he had been arrested.

Since he did not have access to his telephone, his parents became worried and went to search for him.

They were subsequently arrested also.

“I’m terrified due to everything that’s happening”, he advised Euronews.

“I had been conscious of police brutality in Belarus, I did not have any regrets. I’m scared for my parents do not understand where they are, which disturbs me”.

An additional source of concern is that his diabetic mother’s wellbeing: denying her the medication she wants, he worries, could place her into a coma.

The young man heard nothing from them and not even a lawyer could get in touch with them. However, on Friday morning that they have been discharged in their detainment.

Escalating violence
And reports about what’s happening once a protester is arrested started to surface on Friday, and our origin is just another example.

I’ve been defeated myself,” he explained. “When we had been put in this fitness center – since they didn’t have sufficient distance for us, I suppose – folks there were hunted and defeated. I had been beaten at the police car, once I had been transferred between trucks and also in the gym, but maybe not that far.”

He recalls being struck with truncheons, largely on the trunk.

The teens’ situation appears to be far from isolated.

In an interview with Radio Svaboda, Belarusian human rights NGO Viasna creator, Ales Bialiatski, stated: “that there are reports of torture, particularly in both detention centers on Akrescin Street in Minsk.

“Upon entrance or today, when they’re slowly starting to release the detainees, they’re crushed into unconsciousness. This is accomplished by special powers, riot police and troops that are internal. They had been awarded a direct order to torture,” Bialiatski claimed.

For most experts, it’s hard to predict if the protest movement will vanish or if it is going to continue until there’s political change.

Lukashenko, that has been ruling the country since 1994, has said he won’t permit a revolution – or even a”brand new Maidan,” referring to the revolution which ousted Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych six years back – to occur.

“I think that the protests will continue in some form. At the moment, the amount of confidence in the government is under zero. People around the nation know about the brutality of the police and the military that are controlling the protests,” he explained.

“I believe that if we won’t succeed today, we’ve got success in the long run since I presume Lukashenko’s regime doesn’t have the confidence of their people as well as the global community,” he added.

At only 16, he didn’t possess the right to vote but he says that he would have cast his ballot for Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, the 37-year-old former English instructor who compared the incumbent president at the federal election.

“I need the world to understand the facts about what is going on in Belarus. It is not some tiny groups of individuals that are repressed. The movement of men and women that are fed up with living under this dictatorship is suppressed”, he says. “You know, they’re shooting at them .”