Greater than 200 arrested in renewed Belarus protests: Rights group

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1000’s take to the streets in opposition to President Lukashenko as soon as once more as police use stun grenades to disperse crowds.

Belarus police have arrested greater than 200 folks within the capital, Minsk, through the newest anti-government protests ignited by a disputed presidential election in August, human rights activists have mentioned.

1000’s took to the streets on Sunday, and police used stun grenades to disperse crowds, a number of Belarusian media retailers reported.

The Vesna-96 rights group mentioned 205 folks had been detained up to now.

The inside ministry later confirmed that there had been arrests, saying these being held had been “disturbing public order and resisting law enforcement officials,” but it surely didn’t give any numbers.

Opponents of President Alexander Lukashenko have staged common protests since August, accusing him of rigging the election to increase his 26-year grip on energy. He denies electoral fraud and has refused to resign.

Folks first gathered in residential areas in Minsk after which fashioned protest marches, carrying historic white-red-white flags, following the directions of protest organisers to make it harder for police to regulate crowds.

The capital’s giant squares have been cordoned off with metallic bars, footage shared on a Telegram information channel confirmed.

Tons of of safety forces, together with military members, have been gathered in Minsk, with prisoner transporters, water cannon and different heavy tools on the prepared.

Authorities additionally restricted cellular web companies and blocked a number of metro stations to forestall mass gatherings.

Sunday’s marches have been labelled a “March In opposition to Fascism,” a response from the organisers to current insults by Lukashenko that they have been fascists.

“I can’t settle for what’s going on for the time being,” one protester, 22-year-old laptop scientist Olga Matchits informed the AFP information company.

“I really feel like vomiting once I consider the folks in energy within the nation and of the values they’re defending.”

“They need to drag our dignity into the mud,” mentioned one other protester, 72-year-old Alexandre Ignatov.

“It’s for my dignity, for the way forward for my youngsters that I’ve turned out to exhibit,” he added.

 

1000’s of individuals took to the streets on Friday for the funeral of 31-year-old anti-government protester Roman Bondarenko, who died in hospital earlier this month following what demonstrators mentioned was a extreme beating by safety forces.

The inside ministry denied accountability for Bondarenko’s dying, saying he was killed in a scuffle with civilians.

Belarusian opposition chief Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, who has claimed victory within the election and is now in exile in Lithuania, known as Sunday’s protest a step in the direction of a “free and truthful Belarus” in a message of help for protesters posted on Saturday.

“We can not flip the nation into a jail if no person is afraid of the jailers,” she mentioned.