Belarus detains hundreds in wake of protesting activist's death

Source : 112 Ukraine

More than 700 people taken into pre-trial detention
23:24, 16 November 2020

Hundreds of protesters have been jailed following the latest anti-government protests in Belarus, as anger mounts over the recent death of a protester. On November 15, 35 protest actions took place in Belarus. The Belarusian Interior Ministry reported this on Telegram channel.

According to Interior Ministry, more than 700 people were taken into pre-trial detention for "breaching the laws on mass gatherings".

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In Brest and Grodno, the number of participants in unauthorized mass events did not exceed 250 and 200 people, respectively.

“In the rest of the country’s settlements, it was relatively calm, there were few illegal actions,” Belarusian Interior Ministry reported.

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More than 17,000 people have been detained since the vote — thousands of them brutally beaten, according to human rights groups in Belarus.

On November 15, a protest march in memory of activist Raman Bandarenka, who died after being beaten by security officials, took place.

During the protest, according to the human rights center Vyasna, more than 1,126 people were detained, the security forces used gas and stun grenades.

As we reported, the European Union officially imposed sanctions against Alexander Lukashenko and dozens of Belarusian officials for violent repression, including arbitrary arrests and ill-treatment of peaceful protesters. 

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