Disinfo: Two Belarusian activists killed during protests were planning to throw explosives at law enforcers

Summary

Two Belarusian activists killed during the protests were planning to throw explosives at law enforcers. This is an already proven scenario – the “Maidan Revolution” of 2014 in Kyiv erupted right after the corpses appeared in the centre of the capital!

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Belarus. Also consistent with the narrative that the West organises coups and colour revolutions all over the world which supports another propaganda narrative about the Western-staged coup d'état in Ukraine. See earlier disinformation cases comparing Belarus protests to Maidan: The West supports a bloody post-election maidan scenario in Belarus; The protests in Belarus are a colour revolution conducted according to maidan scenario; The West wants to prepare Maidan in Belarus. 

On August 10, a citizen, Alexander Tarajkovski, died during a street rally in Belarus. Another person, who was detained, died in hospital on August 12. Belarusian authorities initially stated that the deceased person intended to throw an explosive which caused his death. However, this version of events is not backed up either by the video footage or a journalistic investigation.

Analysis of various videos disseminated by the New York Times reveals that it was law enforcement officers that shot the man – he did not die because of an explosive. The video, recorded from three different angles (videos by Euroradio, Associated Press, and Belamova), shows a law enforcement officer shooting from his weapon towards the victim. The New York Times also relies on a video disseminated by the Conflict Intelligence Team, a group of Russian investigative bloggers, which clearly shows that the officer shot the protester. No explosives can be seen in the video. The video, published by Euroradio and showing the August 10 rally, clearly shows that Alexander Tarajkovski did not have any explosives in his hands when he was shot.

As for the second citizen who died on August 12, according to BBC, the 25-year-old man died after being detained. According to the investigative committee of Belarus, the man was detained for participating in an illegal protest. He was moved to the hospital due to deteriorating health conditions, but could not be saved. The mother of the deceased told Radio Liberty that her son was not participating in the protests and was detained on his way to see his girlfriend.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 208
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 17/08/2020
  • Language/target audience: Georgian
  • Country: Belarus
  • Keywords: Protest, Colour revolutions, Euromaidan

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