More than 100 arrests in Belarus protests | DW News
Human rights activists report detentions in Minsk, Borisov, Gomel and other cities
A Belarusian human rights organization reported that security forces detained dozens of people during protests calling for the resignation of Alexander Lukashenko.
The human rights center Viasna reported on Sunday that at least 42 people were detained in Minsk, as well as in Borisov, Gomel, Grodno and Soligorsk. According to Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty, marches and rallies were held in several districts of Minsk. Many participants held red and white opposition flags. Small protests were also held in other cities of Belarus.
The country’s authorities reported about a hundred detainees on Sunday.
Protests in Belarus have been held almost daily since early August, when Lukashenko was declared the winner of the presidential elections, which, according to opposition leaders, were held with violations..
The police brutally suppressed the protests. According to the UN, more than 27 thousand people were detained. Credible reports of torture and ill-treatment have been received, several people have died.
Many leaders of the Belarusian opposition were arrested or forced to leave the country, while Lukashenka, who has ruled the country with an iron fist for almost thirty years, refused to negotiate with the opposition..
The US, several other countries and the EU refused to recognize Lukashenko as the winner of the election and imposed sanctions against him and his allies, citing electoral fraud and police repression.
The number of protesters in Minsk and other cities has declined amid fatigue, repression and cold weather. Protest organizers also changed tactics, calling for gathering in small groups to avoid arrest..
There are also reports of small marches and rallies on Saturday in Minsk and other cities, including Grodno..
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