He’s a Witness in the Killing of a Protester by Police. Now He’s Been Charged With Attempted Murder.
Amnesty International says police in Belarus are trying to cover up the death of a peaceful protester with baseless charges against the victim’s friend.
Riot police used water cannons, tear gas and stun grenades against demonstrators.
On Sunday, 100,000 people marched on the president's residence.
Maria Kolesnikova is a key figure behind the protests that followed Belarus' disputed election in early August.
Alexander Lukashenko thought he was giving a speech to loyal truck factory workers. He was wrong.
"God forbid any of you are forced with the choice that I was,” a tearful Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya said in a video posted on Tuesday morning.
The internet blackouts began during the presidential election and have continued, stopping protesters from posting footage of violent clashes with riot police.
In Belarus, government forces, including the former Soviet bloc's last remaining KGB, regularly crack down on protesters and independent journalists.
VICE News visits Belarus, the last European dictatorship, where President Lukashenko’s government has engaged in a campaign of censorship to intimidate journalists and suppress independent media.
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And then the cops turn up and spoil it.