The last member of the presidium of the opposition Coordination Council left at large in Belarus left for Poland fearing for his safety, the Interfax agency reported. It is about Siarhei Dyleuski, the leader of the strike of workers from a tractor factory in Minsk, who was released earlier from detention.
“He was forced to leave Belarus due to concerns for his security,” the press office of the Coordination Council announced on Tuesday.
Siarhei Dyleuski was the last member of the Council Presidium remaining at large in Belarus. Others were arrested or had left the country earlier.
On Monday, Dyleuski announced that he had taken his family – his wife and son – to Warsaw due to threats from Belarusian KBG officers. The day before, he announced that he had quit his job at the Minsk tractor factory MTZ. “12 years with the plant. Unfortunately, it’s time to leave. To the management: guys, forcing yourself to quit by blackmailing your parents is the most vile and inhuman thing you can imagine” – he wrote on Instagram. Dyleuski’s parents also work in the tractor factory.
According to the independent portal TUT.by, Dyleuski’s dismissal took place under the so-called “agreement of the parties”. In an interview with TUT.by, the activist admitted that this step was forced, and that the management of the plant, if he objected, would threaten to dismiss his parents.
Absence of the Nobel Prize winner
When Siarhei Dyleuski was in custody, the last remaining member of the seven-day presidium of the Coordination Council was the Nobel Prize winner Sviatlana Alexievich. However, the writer left Belarus for Germany and Italy at the end of September. She has not returned to the country so far, but has declared that “she does not intend to stay in exile”.
The Coordination Council was established on the initiative of Sviatlana Cichanouska, the opposition candidate and rival of Alyaksandr Lukashenka in the August presidential elections. The Council aims to bring about a peaceful transfer of power and resolve the political crisis in the country. The Prosecutor General’s Office in Minsk considers the creation of this structure “an attempt to seize power”. Criminal proceedings are pending against the Council.
Main photo source: Daria Buriakina, TUT.by