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Belarus opposition politician advised she can be deported ‘alive or in bits’

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Maria Kolesnikova

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picture captionKolesnikova is at the moment jailed within the capital

A jailed Belarusian opposition chief has stated she feared for her life when safety officers threw a bag over her head throughout an try and deport her.

By way of her lawyer, Maria Kolesnikova stated she was pressured right into a van and advised that if she didn’t depart willingly she can be eliminated “alive or in bits”.

She is now in search of a prison case in opposition to Belarusian safety forces together with the KGB, her lawyer stated.

Mass unrest has gripped Belarus since final month’s disputed polls.

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Ms Kolesnikova is one in every of three girls who joined forces to problem President Alexander Lukashenko in August’s election. She is the final of the three girls to stay inside Belarus after she resisted makes an attempt to forcibly deport her into Ukraine earlier this week.

The primary opposition chief, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, says she received 60-70% of the election in locations the place votes have been correctly counted. She fled to Lithuania after she was detained in August.

What has Kolesnikova stated?

In an announcement filed by her lawyer, she stated she had been pressured into the van by masked males on Monday within the capital, Minsk.

“It was acknowledged that if I didn’t voluntarily depart the Republic of Belarus, I’d be taken out anyway, alive or in bits. There have been additionally threats to imprison me for as much as 25 years.”

Ms Kolesnikova was pushed to the Ukrainian border with two different folks, however she prevented officers forcibly expelling her by tearing up her passport and throwing it out of a automotive window, those who travelled with her said.
media captionIvan Kravtsov says Ms Kolesnikova tore her passport into items after which climbed by way of the rear automotive window

Her lawyer stated her consumer was in “good spirits”.

What is the newest from Lukashenko?

Through the inauguration of a brand new chief prosecutor on Thursday, the president maintained his legitimacy as chief.

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picture captionGirls have been detained throughout a march in help of Maria Kolesnikova and different opposition leaders

“Individuals typically reproach me: ‘He will not hand over energy.’ They’re proper to reproach me. The folks did not elect me for this,” he stated.

“Energy shouldn’t be given to be taken, thrown and given away.”

media captionWhat lies behind the Belarus protests?

The president, in energy since 1994, stated that Belarus couldn’t return to the instability of the years following the break-up of the Soviet Union in 1991.

In the meantime, Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has supplied Ms Tikhanovskaya a home within the capital Warsaw.

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