Belarusian authorities have arrested another major member of the resistance movement’s coordination council.
Lawyer Maxim Znak was allegedly taken in the council’s office by unidentified individuals in masks Wednesday, according to his partners.
In a post on the competition’s official Telegram station, Znak just had the time to text the message”masks” before his telephone was removed from him.
His arrest comes days after another leading member of this council, Maria Kolesnikova, was arrested by Belarusian authorities.
Opposition associates of Kolesnikova state she tore her up in the Belarus-Ukraine boundary to prevent being forced from the country.
She remains in custody on the Belarusian side of the border, though her exact whereabouts are still unknown.
A third opposition figure – attorney Ilya Salei – has also been arrested, according to the Investigative Committee.
In a meeting with Euronews on Tuesday Salei stated Kolesnikova was”arrested by Belarusian state boundary committee” before verifying her”whereabouts are still unknown.”
In an announcement from the state safety run Investigative Committee of Belarus, Znak was arrested as a”preventative measure” within an investigation for”causing injury to national security”.
“Presently, investigative activities are being completed aimed at establishing all of the conditions from the criminal case.”
The main opposition challenger to President Alexander Lukashenko, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, left Lithuania per day following the August 9 election, just 1 month ago.
“We continue fighting,” Tsikhanouskaya informed Euronews in a meeting Tuesday,” the plan is in misery.”
Unidentified individuals had attempted to go into the flat of the previous member of their council’s executive that stayed free in Belarus – former Nobel prize laureate Svetlana Alexievich.
Leading opposition activists had shaped the coordination council a month to ease discussions with President Lukashenko to get a glimpse of power, after last month’s contested election result.
However, in a statement on Wednesday, Alexievich ignored the accusations, saying the council had been attempting to defuse the crisis in Belarus.
“We were not planning a coup, we had been attempting to avoid a split within our nation,” Alexievich explained.
Talking to reporters from her flat, she stated she does not intend to leave the nation regardless of the official strain.
On Wednesday, the coordination council demanded”the immediate release” of Kolesnikova and Znak and asked for”affirmation of the potential” return of Tikhanouskaya, amongst many others who’ve left Belarus.
On Wednesday, Swedish foreign affairs minister Ann Linde published a picture on social networking, revealing Alexievich surrounded by European diplomats in Minsk.
“Harassments, arrests and forced exile of opposition from Belarus is [a] serious breach of peaceful protests,” tweeted Linde.
President Lukashenko has dismissed the opposition as Western stooges and refused demands from the European Union to take part in a dialogue with protesters.