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Freedom Day in Belarus: government conducts detentions

Belarusian opposition holds meetings on Freedom Day every year on March 25. Last year the meeting was unsanctioned, which resulted in detentions of participants, including journalists
14:33, 25 March 2018

Viasna

Public figures are being detained in Belarus. They are believed to organize an unsanctioned demonstration in Minsk on Freedom Day, as Euroradio reports.

The message says that detentions were conducted in the regions previously and will be continued on Sunday.

“Slavomyr Adamovych, Belarusian poet and public figure, was detained in Maryina Horka. He was taken from the train on his way to Minsk to celebrate the 100th anniversary since Belarus was declared independent and took him to the District Office of Internal Affairs,” Elena Tolstaya, the spokesperson of Rasam, solidarity movement, wrote on Facebook.

The journalist Olha Chaychyz was detained on her way to Minsk.

It is also known that Mikola Statkevich, opposition politician, former presidential candidate of 2010 Belarus presidential elections, was detained on Sunday in Minsk, as Viasna Human Rights Center reported.

Belarusian opposition holds meetings on Freedom Day every year on March 25. Last year the meeting was unsanctioned, which resulted in detentions of participants, including journalists.

Belarusian People’s Republic was declared in 1918 by the group of Belarusian national movement. The Republic existed as an independent state from 1918 to 1919.

Related: Minsk group subdivisions gather for session in Belarus

Related: Ex-Belarus Head says he, Poroshenko reject idea of deploying Belarusian peacekeepers in Donbas

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