Day 113 of protests: over 400 detained
At least 416 persons were detained yesterday as a result of several dozen simultaneous protests held in many localities across Belarus on the 16th consecutive Sunday since the rigged presidential election of August 9. Some 250 demonstrators were detained in Minsk, according to the Ministry of Internal Affairs. Viasna’s database, however, features around 300 names of protesters detained in the capital. Some of them were eventually released, including human rights defender Volha Smalianka.
Two journalists were detained in Brest and one in Minsk. Despite carrying valid press IDs, they are expected to stand trials on “illegal protesting” charges.
Six persons were reportedly taken to hospitals after being beaten by riot police and other law enforcement officers. These include one minor.
Apart from using excessive violence in dispersing the peaceful protests, police again used tear gas and non-lethal weapons.