The situation in Belarus has been very tense since the last presidential election - the country is torn by successive waves of protests from citizens who are already fed up with Alyaksandr Lukashenka's regime and subsequent brutal responses from local services. After one of the last ones, the blogger NEXTA announced via the Telegram messenger that he was in possession of the employees of the Belarusian services and that if the situation with the interventions was repeated, he would simply make them public. Unfortunately, this is what happened ... unfortunately, because on Sunday there were more detentions of citizens, this time during the Women's March in Minsk.
This time, 300 people were arrested, so NEXTA in response revealed the data of over a thousand officials of the Ministry of the Interior (see here), assuring that this is just the beginning, because it has a much larger number that will be willingly shared if the authorities do not cease interventions against their own citizens who are peacefully protesting the situation in the country: - If the detentions continue, we will continue to publish data on a massive scale - we read And where does NEXTA have such sensitive data from? In his opinion, from hackers with opposing views who call themselves "cyber guerrillas" and no reason to disbelieve him.
It cannot be denied that for many employees of the regime this can be a big problem, because the data includes names, surnames, names of departments, degrees, positions, dates of birth, places of residence and telephone numbers, so they allow for precise identification of specific people working in the units. "Anti-terrorist" of the Belarusian Interior Ministry, because, as NEXTA assures, no one is anonymous, even if they wear a balaclava. At the moment, it is difficult to assess whether the data is true and whether it relates to people specifically involved in detentions, but it seems that fabricating data in such circumstances does not make much sense, and what's more, it could do more harm than good.
Especially that the Belarusian government has already announced that all persons responsible for disclosing the personal data of officers will be located and punished: - The means and technologies that law enforcement agencies have at their disposal make us identify and denounce the overwhelming majority of persons responsible for disclosing personal data - assures spokesman for the Belarusian Interior Ministry, Olga Chemodanova. In short, the situation in Belarus is getting worse and will continue to escalate, because, as Belsat emphasizes, referring to the words of Ales Bialacki, chairman of the Wiasna Center for Human Rights Defense, 12,000 people have been detained in Belarus since the elections: history of [independent] Belarus. About 1,700 people were detained before the election day. After August 9, around 12,000. We record colossal numbers, but people are not giving up, they continue to resist, and these numbers are not final.