Opposition leaders detained in Vitsebsk

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The politician Pavel Seviarynets and journalist Uladzimer Staraverau were arrested outside Vitsebsk Kastrychnitski police department for alleged hoisting of a white-red-white flag on the department’s building, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports. They came to support the CCP BPF activist Siarhei Kavalenka, who had been detained for waving a white-red-white flag outside the court building earlier this day.

Another opposition activist Barys Khamaida was arrested while crossing a street for violation of traffic safety rules a few minutes after he left the police department.

Pavel Seviarynets and Uladzimer Staraverau were later released.

At the same time, the police arrested two more activists – Taras Surhan and Siarhei Kavalenka’s brother Vital.

Barys Khamaida has not yet been released.