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Demand Belarus Free Mikita

Until recently, Mikita Zalatarou was a typical teenager. He liked playing Minecraft and listening to rap music. But today, the 17‐year‐old who also has epilepsy desperately needs our help.

In August 2020 Mikita was waiting for a friend in the main square of Homel city, south‐eastern Belarus. Nearby, people had been largely peacefully protesting the recent presidential election results when police moved in. As the crowd began running, someone told Mikita to run, too — so he did.

Police arrested Mikita, beat him, and shocked him with an electric shock truncheon.

Mikita was convicted of mass disorder and using illegal explosives, yet video evidence did not show him taking part in violence. Media reports on the demonstrations mentioned no mass unrest. Still, the judge sentenced Mikita to five years in a child educational prison colony.

Demand Belarus to release Mikita and give him a fair trial.


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Prosecutor General of the Republic of Belarus