While the protests in Belarus have been peaceful, the treatment of the protesters has not. Victims tell stories of beatings, torture and even threats of rape. President Alexander Lukashenko has praised the security forces who help keep him in power.
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Sources say new measures have been approved after Belarusian authorities forced a Ryanair flight to land in Minsk and arrested a dissident journalist who was on board.
The Nobel Prize winner from Belarus is being recognized as a leading intellectual in the opposition movement against long-time ruler Alexander Lukashenko.
Democracy activists Svetlana Alexievich and Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya were in Berlin for the premiere of Aliaksei Paluyan's documentary on Belarus, "Courage."
The dissident journalist was presented at a Foreign Ministry press conference on the diversion of his plane to Minsk on May 23. The move prompted one reporter to walk out.
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