US Protester Seeks Political Asylum In Belarus

US citizen Evan Newman claims to have participated in the January protests, but was not among those who stormed the Capitol. After the FBI issued an orientation to him, the man left the country

Evan Newman

US citizen Evan Newman, who participated in the January 6 protests in Washington, asked for political asylum in Belarus, Belarus 1 TV reported.

According to Newman, six criminal cases were opened against him at home. “ They added my photo to the FBI's Most Wanted Criminals list, asking for public assistance to identify me. And some of my friends warned me about this. I have many friends working for the government. I knew that I would be immediately identified, and so the first thing I did was, & raquo;, & mdash; said the man.

Newman had a bag business and left the country under the guise of a business trip. The man flew to Italy in March, and then got to Switzerland by train, where he got into a car and drove to the Ukrainian Zhitomir.

After several months in Ukraine, Newman, he said, noticed the surveillance and decided to leave for Belarus. While trying to cross the border, he was detained by border guards, and the man asked for political asylum.

According to Newman, he did take part in the January protests, but did not enter the Capitol. The man is also accused of hitting a police officer. He himself calls these accusations unfounded, and considers his persecution political.

The riots in Washington took place on January 6. On that day, supporters of Donald Trump stormed the Capitol and disrupted the meeting of Congress, which was supposed to approve the results of the presidential election. They were won by Trump's Democrat rival Joe Biden. The riots killed five people.

After the protests, about 500 people were arrested, 100 of them were charged with assaulting a law enforcement officer, US Attorney General Merrick Garland said.

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