On November 13th, a Belarusian man – Roman Bondarenko, 31 years old reportedly died after being beaten into a coma by unknown individuals.
Doctors operated the man for several hours, all this time he was unconscious.
“Our mother went to the hospital to see Roman in the morning. The doctors said that his chance to survive is one in a thousand. One more operation is need, but the brother is in no condition to survive it and we must wait until he recovers. Mom was allowed to see Roman in intensive care unit, he is in a coma. He is all connected to different devices, in bandages and bruises,” said Roman’s sister Olga.
“According to the latest information, Roman’s condition worsened, his temperature rose to 40. Someone came to the emergency hospital and confiscated my brother’s personal belongings. They say this is usually done, but we do not know who did it,” added Olga.
Roman Bondarenko died as a result of a fight with unknown persons in masks on the “Changes Square” in one of the residential areas of Minsk. The Ministry of Internal Affairs initiated a check on this fact.
The men were cutting red-white ribbons placed on a fence. The red and white flag is the unofficial “Belarusian flag” that protesters use.
According to activists, the man went out into the courtyard when, presumably, the security forces of the Republic of Belarus tried to remove the prohibited symbols. A fight ensued, after which the men who arrived in the area were quickly taken away by a minibus.
Local residents tried to block its movement, and the driver pressed on the gas.
In Minsk thousands of people went to the place of Roman’s death, which has already turned into a memorial.
There’s a video showing the fight:
Witnesses give the following recollection:
“There was a heated verbal exchange between a man in a mask and an unknown guy, Roma did not interfer, he stood nearby and listened,” said Yulia, an eyewitness to the events.
“Then he said something, and the man in the mask said ‘I see you are a sassy one’. Pushed Roma closer to the mural, he tried to dodge, but the unknown grabbed him and threw him with all his might to a [children’s] slide. He hit his head hard.”
It is possible that this death could be used as some sort of “sacred sacrifice” to provide an impetus for the protests and riots against President Alexander Lukashenko.
It will likely somehow be connected to him through claims of the opposition, since, for a while now, they’ve been losing steam and running in circles.
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