At Least 30 People Detained at Saturday Rally in Belarusian Capital, Human Rights Group Estimates


MINSK (Sputnik) – At least 30 people have been detained during an unauthorised opposition demonstration held in the Belarusian capital on Saturday, the Minsk-based Viasna human rights centre said.

The opposition march of more than 100 people began at around 12:50 local time (09:50 GMT) near a Minsk university, but was soon dispersed by police in riot gear. At least 10 students along with a Sputnik correspondent have been detained.

The rights group has published on its website the names of 30 people that have been detained so far. The list includes three reporters.

An elderly woman gestures during an opposition rally to protest the official presidential election results in Minsk, Belarus, Monday, Oct. 12, 2020. Riot police clashed with protesting pensioners in central Minsk on Monday. The pensioners marched in a column through central Minsk, carrying flowers and posters with slogans such as “The grandmas are with you (protesters).”

Nationwide protests have been ongoing in Belarus since the 9 August election in which President Alexander Lukashenko secured his sixth term. The opposition refuses to recognise his victory and continues holding rallies, with the largest ones taking place on weekends.


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