Belarus Police Detain Protesters, Prevent Opposition Rally
Sumaira FH 19 days ago Sun 28th March 2021 | 02:02 AM
Police in Belarus on Saturday detained more than 100 people, including five journalists, a rights group said, as the opposition resumed rallies against strongman Alexander Lukashenko
Minsk, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 27th Mar, 2021 ) :Police in Belarus on Saturday detained more than 100 people, including five journalists, a rights group said, as the opposition resumed rallies against strongman Alexander Lukashenko.
But they died down over the winter in the wake of a violent crackdown that saw thousands of protesters detained, several killed and hundreds receive lengthy prison sentences over the unrest.
The opposition Telegram channel Nexta that mobilises and coordinates protesters had called for a "second wave" of rallies to kick off on Saturday.
The Viasna human rights group said law enforcement officers had detained at least 110 people, including five journalists, across the country.
Opposition supporters in the capital Minsk had planned on gathering Saturday in the city centre by early afternoon, but were prevented from doing so by police, who cordoned off several streets, as well as a main square and park, an AFP journalist said.
Viasna said that among the journalists detained were two editors of the independent Tut.by news website.
Belarus earlier this month jailed a Tut.by journalist for six months for publishing leaked medical records showing a protester who died after being arrested by police had no alcohol in his system as law enforcement had claimed.
Nexta on Saturday afternoon called for protesters to regroup and organise splintered actions all over their cities.
Viasna said police detained at least 176 people over the course of the day.
Despite being slapped with EU sanctions over the violent crackdown, Lukashenko and his allies have held firm, with the authoritarian leader saying he has withstood a revolution directed by the West.