Par https://www.svenssonstiftelsen.com, 20 avril 2022 •
The repression against the free trade unions in Belarus has escalated seriously. Today, 19th of April the leadership of the confederation Belarusian Congress of Democratic Trade Union (BKDP) has been arrested: At least 13 are in detention, including President Aliaksandr Yarashuk and Vice-President Siarhei Antusevich of BKDP, as well as the chairperson of the Belarusian Free Trade Union (SPB), Mikalaj Sharakh. This comes after the BKDP has expressed strong opposition to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and one of its unions, the Belarusian Trade Union of Radioelectronic Industry Workers (REP) earlier this month was deemed by the regime as an « extremist » organisation. The charges are still not known.