In Minsk, Grodno, Gomel, and other cities of Belarus, the March for the release of prisoners was held on October 4. Security forces detained over 200 protesters. This was reported by the Belarusian human rights center.
In the Belarusian capital, protesters were detained near the Trade union house. Ten journalists and one blogger are among the detained. Some of those detained during the protests have already been released. There is also information about the detention of a Russian citizen.
The overwhelming majority of those detained are from Minsk, but arrests took place in other cities of Belarus as well.
As it was reported earlier, that mass protests against the results of the presidential elections, which took place on August 9, continue in Belarus. Security officials are detaining protesters, as well as opposition leaders. The European Union demands from President Alexander Lukashenko to release the detainees and observe the rights of citizens to peaceful protest. During the rallies, people died. Their exact number is unknown.
As reported on September 27, Ministry of Internal Affairs of Belarus has confirmed the detention of more than 350 protesters. In total, according to the law enforcement officers, 22 protests were recorded in the country on that day.
French President Emmanuel Macron has called on Alexander Lukashenko to leave the post of the President of the Republic of Belarus.