Jesus indicated that one (of many) signs of the end times or the end of the age grace would be that love for one another would grow cold. Matthew 24:12, “And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.” This can be interpreted that lawlessness and violence shall abound, including at the civil level.
‘Distress of Nations’ Luke 21:25
Increasing ‘Distress of Nations,’ (5) Lawlessness, Violence, Rebellion, Protest and Anarchy; Belarus: Detained protesters ‘repeatedly beaten’ and abused in post-election crackdown
By Anelise Borges in Minsk & Matthew Holroyd in The Cube • last updated: 14/08/2020 – 17:37 Euronews
Human rights groups have denounced inhumane conditions in which thousands of people in Belarus have been detained, amid the state’s violent response to protests over the controversial re-election of President Alexander Lukashenko.
They accuse police of beating demonstrators before, during and after their arrest. At least 6,700 people have been held since last Sunday’s vote, according to official tallies.
In front of a detention centre in the capital, Minsk, the names of those gone missing in Belarus’ crackdown are read out loud as dozens of people gather. Families have been waiting for news of their loved ones.
One woman, whose son disappeared on Monday, told Euronews she had been told he was being held there. “I learned about it yesterday and I brought him some things, but they won’t let me give them to him,” she said.
Conditions for those stuck in Belarus’ detention centres are reportedly appalling. One video verified by Euronews’ social media newsdesk The Cube shows protesters held in a Minsk detention centre. Security guards can be seen roughly treating and occasionally beating prisoners.
Reports and pictures of physical abuse against those taking to the streets have inundated social media. In recent days police have used tear gas, stun grenades, water cannons and rubber bullets to disperse protesters, severely beating them with truncheons.
Euronews has identified and verified a number of videos that show the authorities’ oppression of demonstrations, from the capital city Minsk to the southern border with Ukraine.
Many of these images were first uploaded this week to the popular messaging service Telegram.
In one video, two armed officers can be seen beating an isolated man to the ground with batons.
Identifiable features in the video – e.g. the residential buildings, billboard, and street lamps – can also be found on the Open-Source search engines Google and Yandex.
Euronews used these tools to confirm that the video was filmed in the Ol’ Shanka region of the city of Grodno, near Belarus’ western border with Poland.
In another video, a large number of officers armed with riot shields are seen chasing a crowd of demonstrators through a square, forcibly assaulting some individuals on the ground.
Identifiable markers indicate that this took place in a square in the city of Mazyr.
“They’re beaten in detention, and now they’re beaten when they’re released”
Human rights organisations are racing to keep track of violations in Belarus.
“In a cell where normally five to seven people are detained, there are 50 or 70 people. They are standing, they can’t sit,” said Ales Belyatski of the rights group Viasna.
“There isn’t enough water. They suffer physical violence. They are beaten when they’re detained, they’re beaten again when they’re brought to the local station. Then, they’re beaten in detention, and now they’re beaten when they’re released,” he added.
Inna Dobrotvor witnessed the abuse. The English teacher was rounded up on the day of the vote, when attempting to file a complaint at a regional electoral commission office, demanding a recount.
She spent two days in detention and says protesters were brought in, in droves.
“The male detainees are stripped naked in the check room, they can’t even keep their shoes. Then they’re forced to walk down the corridor carrying their clothes and to kneel, facing the wall. If they complain, they’re beaten,” she said.
President Lukashenko has claimed those demonstrating against him have “long criminal records”. But it was pictures of the tactics used by police to disperse protesters that caused alarm across the world.
Belarusian authorities released 1,000 people arrested during the demonstrations, the Senate Speaker announced Thursday evening.
“More than 1,000 people have been released on condition that they do not take part in unauthorised demonstrations,” Natalia Kochanova told state television.
Interior Minister Yuri Karaev apologised for the police violence committed against “passers-by” not involved in the protests.
The UN’s human rights chief has said Belarusian authorities should use force as a measure of last resort. The EU has condemned what it described as “disproportionate and unacceptable” state violence against peaceful protesters.
Lukashenko has been accused of rigging last Sunday’s ballot after official results gave the long-standing authoritarian leader a sixth term with a landslide 80% of the vote.
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Make Your Decision for Christ NOW!!!!!!! Time is Up!!!!!!!
Jesus Christ’s Offer of Salvation:
The ABCs of Salvation through Jesus Christ (the Lamb)
A. Admit/Acknowledge/Accept that you are sinner. Ask God’s forgiveness and repent of your sins.
. . . “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23).
. . . “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one.” (Romans 3:10).
. . . “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” (1 John 1:8).
B. Believe Jesus is Lord. Believe that Jesus Christ is who He claimed to be; that He was both fully God and fully man and that we are saved through His death, burial, and resurrection. Put your trust in Him as your only hope of salvation. Become a son or daughter of God by receiving Christ.
. . . “That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. (John 3:15-17). For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13).
C. Call upon His name, Confess with your heart and with your lips that Jesus is your Lord and Savior.
. . . “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Romans 10:9-10).
. . . “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” (John 1:8-10).
. . . “And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. (John 2:2).
. . . “In this was manifested the love of god toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.” (1 John 4:9, 14-15).
. . . “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.” (Romans 5:8-10).
. . . “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23).
. . . “Jesus saith unto them, I am the way, the truth, and the life, no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6).
. . . “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth.” (Romans 1:16).
. . . “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts: 4:12).
. . . “Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth for there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” (1 Timothy 2:4-6).
. . . “For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thessalonians 5:9).
. . . “But as many as received him, to them gave the power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” (John 1:12).
True Church / Bride of Christ Spared from God’s Wrath:
Romans 5:8-10. “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.”
Romans 12:19. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
1 Thessalonians 1:10. And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.
1 Thessalonians 5:9. For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,
Romans 8:35. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
Jeremiah 30:7. Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble, but he shall be saved out of it.
Revelation 3:10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.
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