Olimpiër in Belo-Rusland om hongerstaking te begin as politieke protes

Andrei Krauchanka, wat 'n medalje in die tienkamp by die 2008 Speletjies in Beijing, het Vrydag gesê hy verkoop ook sy Europese binnenshuise tienkamp goue medalje van 2011 om die families van politieke gevangenes te help.

Protesters in Belarus spent months last year calling for authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko to resign, following an allegedly rigged August presidential election that gave him a sixth term in office.

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Police cracked down harshly on the protests, arresting more than 34,000 people and beating many of them. Krauchanka was among those detained and beaten.

Real people are sitting behind bars right nowthese are their real lives, these are the broken lives of their families,” Kravchenko said in a statement about his hunger strike. “It is very difficult for me to digest this terrifying Belarusian reality.

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