Belarus authorities to liquidate trade unions they cannot control

Prosecutor General Andrei Shved /
Prosecutor General Andrei Shved /

Belarus is going to liquidate unions that are not controlled by the authorities. Attorney General Andrei Shved recently sent a petition to the Supreme Court to terminate the activities of several independent bodies. The press service of the Prosecutor General's Office even listed them: the Free Trade Union of Belarus, the Free Trade Union of Metalworkers, the Belarusian Independent Trade Union of Miners, Chemists, etc., the Belarusian Trade Union of Radioelectronics and the Belarusian Congress of Democratic Trade Unions.

It is alleged that "since 2020, the activities of some trade unions on the territory of the Republic of Belarus have become politicized. Their members were engaged in "destructive activities," participated in "unsanctioned mass events" and distributed "extremist products." Criminal cases were opened.

Apparently, the Belarusian authorities no longer care about the international reaction to such a "cleansing."

Mass detentions of independent trade union activists took place in April in Belarus. Human rights activists recognized the detainees to be political prisoners.

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