The Belarusian police mentioned on Wednesday that the non-public knowledge of 300 of its officials were leaked on-line for the reason that opposition started looking to disclose the identities of individuals of the protection forces serious about cracking down on mass protests.
Unrest since an Aug. nine election marred by way of vote-rigging allegations has examined the loyalty of the protection forces and their backing has transform essential to president Alexander Lukashenko’s probabilities of clinging onto energy.
All the way through common protests by way of tens of 1000’s of other folks over greater than 5 weeks, some protesters have attempted to bodily unmask individuals of the protection forces at the streets.
On Wednesday, Andrei Parshin, a senior safety authentic on the inner ministry, mentioned 43 prison instances were opened in opposition to individuals who he mentioned had threatened police, the Belta state information company reported.
“The information of about 300 law enforcement officials for the duration from Aug. ninth have ended up on-line. Greater than 250 officials and their members of the family had been subjected to drive,” he used to be quoted as announcing.
Lukashenko denies rigging his landslide victory in remaining month’s election. Many distinguished opposition figures have since both been jailed or fled. (Reporting by way of Tom Balmforth and Maria Kiselyova Enhancing by way of Mark Trevelyan and Peter Graff)