Belarusian authorities deported a Swedish photojournalist and arrested more than 50 other Western reporters ahead of a new wave of protests planned for this weekend against the country’s embattled president, Alexander Lukashenko.
Paul Hansen, a photojournalist for the Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter, was ordered to leave the country within 24 hours and expelled from Belarus for five years. Hansen was one of dozens of reporters from other major media organizations who was detained on Thursday evening by Belarusian riot police on the pretext that their documents needed to be checked. On Thursday, Deutsche Welle confirmed that their reporter Alexandra Boguslavskaya was detained by Minsk police “for document checks” on Thursday and “was subsequently released after several hours in custody.”
The crackdown on journalists took place in the wake of mass protests against the re-election of Lukashenko following an election on August 9 that have been violently suppressed by security forces. Further protests are planned for this weekend, including a “grand solidarity” march by women on Saturday.
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