According to reports, Belarus police during protests against Alexander Lukashenko’s New On Saturday, more than 100 protesters arrested, among them three editor of online news sites to be seen.
The main square in Minsk, which was supposed to be the site of anti-government rallies on Saturday evening, was cordoned off by police vehicles and prison windows, and the roads leading to it were closed, News i reported, quoting Reuters.
No significant gathering took place, however, the Russian news agency RIA Novosti quoted the Belarusian Interior Ministry as saying that more than 100 people had been detained on Saturday.
According to video footage published in the Belarusian opposition media, masked police officers violently detain people in the square and elsewhere in the city, and some of the detainees appear to have been through.
According to these images, the detainees did not hold a banner or flag. Reuters has not yet confirmed the authenticity of these videos.
“More than 100 people have been taken to police stations for their misconduct,” Belarussian Interior Minister Oleg Chamodanova told RIA Novosti. These included one-man attacks and other public unrest. There were no major protests on Saturday, despite opposition demands.
Protests in Belarus have become a weekly occurrence in the capital and other cities following last August’s election, which saw Lukashenko’s return to power as tainted by opposition. After a two-month hiatus, Belarusian opposition leaders again called for anti-government rallies.