Dozens of people have been arrested in Minsk during protests against Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko. Police officers beat and take away protesters.
During protests against ruler Alexander Lukashenko, security forces in Belarus (Belarus) took action against protesters. Videos in the news channel Telegram showed on Sunday how people in the capital Minsk ran away from masked emergency services. You could also see demonstrators being led away and police officers sometimes beating them.
The Wesna Human Rights Center listed the names of more than 210 people arrested. A week ago, more than 300 people were arrested. The Sunday protests that have been going on since mid-August regularly lead to mass arrests.
Protesters respond to police brutality
The Wesna Human Rights Center initially listed the names of more than 130 detainees. A week ago, more than 300 people were arrested. The Sunday protests that have been going on since mid-August regularly lead to mass arrests.
This time thousands of people took part in the actions. They first gathered in their neighborhood and then formed larger groups. People responded to the police violence with this strategy. They denounced that the security forces would not be held responsible for this. Protests also broke out in other cities in the country.
During their marches, protesters demand the resignation of Lukashenko, who has been in power for more than 26 years. Many again wore white, red and white flags of the opposition in winters. “This Sunday is the 18th consecutive Sunday on which people show that they are ready to continue to defend their rights,” said civil rights activist Svetlana Tichanovskaya.
“Violence and Lawlessness Against Belarusians”
The 38-year-old took on the head of state in the controversial presidential election on August 9. The 66-year-old was then confirmed with 80.1 percent of the vote for a sixth term. The EU no longer recognizes him as president. For the opposition, Tichanovskaya is the real winner. She fled abroad.
On Monday afternoon she wants to meet Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier in Berlin. She will then travel to Brussels and hold talks with EU foreign representative Josep Borrell and members of the EU parliament, the opposition leader said. “The main task of this visit is to stop violence and lawlessness against Belarusians.”
On Wednesday, Tichanovskaya will receive the renowned European Parliament Sakharov Prize for Human Rights.