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20.12.2013

Hugh Grant: Belarusians, stay strong (Video)  ? 16

16:14, — Politics

Famous British actor addressed the Belarusians on the occasion of the third anniversary of the protests in Minsk in 2010.

Hugh Grant recorded his video message on December 19.

The presidential election was held in Belarus on December 19, 2010. After polling stations closed, tens of thousands of Belarusians gathered for a rally against the rigged results of the presidential elections. It was the biggest protest rally in Belarus for the last few years. Peaceful protests were brutally suppressed by the police and troops.

Arrests and interrogations of activists lasted for several months. More than 700 people were thrown behind bars, scores of beaten people were taken to hospitals. Criminal cases were opened against 46 leaders and activists of the opposition, including presidential candidates. Many of them received prison terms of from two to six years. Thousands of Belarusians had to flee the country fearing criminal prosecution.

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