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57 detained human rights activists released in Minsk
20:30, 25 March 2017
57 detained human rights activists released in Minsk

The purpose of the detention was not to allow representatives of human rights organizations to participate in Freedom March

20:30, 25 March 2017

112 Agency

Earlier detained in Minsk human rights activists were released. 57 human rights defenders were detained only because police did not want them to participate in march. This was stated by one of the detained activists, a citizen of Belarus Yevgenia Andreiuk, who now lives in Kyiv.

"We are in Minsk, we continue to work, we monitor the situation from the point of human rights." At 12:00 we had a meeting in the center "Vesna", our large international team. We were detained preemptively, for three hours, with the goal that we did not get to the action and did not see what was happening. They let us go at about 15:15, but their goal was achieved. Also were not allowed to call on the phone, fill protocols, but it was tolerable," Andreiuk said.

At the same time, according to the human rights activist, other detainees are in police stations and isolators: "Their detentions were tough, they were beaten and searched."

Earlier we reported that hundreds of civilians and over 20 journalists were detained in Minsk, Belarus. This was reported by blogger Anton Molotko on the TV channel "112 Ukraine".

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