Hundreds of people rallied in the Belarus capital, challenging the authorities’ increasing threats against protesters with children, while police detained more than 200 women at a weekly march against President Alexander Lukashenko’s 26-year rule.
A crowd gathered outside a shelter for endangered children, demanding a first-grader be reunited with his mother, Alena Lazarchyk. He was taken there when she was detained Thursday for an identification check and failed to collect him from school, she said.
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki criticized Belarusian authorities for using children as “political hostages,”saying on Twitter he was “shocked and appalled.”
I’m shocked and appalled by the news of Belarusian govt. using children as political hostages again. This barbarity must stop. I urge the Belarusian authorities to hand over 6-years-old Artyom to his parents, Elena Lazarchik and Sergei Matskoyt, Belarusian democratic activists!11:03 AM · Sep 19, 2020
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