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1000+ Detained in a Single Day as Protests in Belarus Continue


What Happened:

  • According to human rights watchdog Viasna, at least 1,000 people were detained across Belarus on Sunday amid mass demonstrations against longtime President Alexander Lukashenko.

  • Protests in Belarus have been ongoing since the presidential election on Aug. 9 in which Lukashenko was declared the overwhelming winner over Svetlana Tikhanovskaya in an election that many say was marred with fraud.

  • An estimated 25,000+ people have been detained since the start of the protests in August.

  • Sunday's mass detentions follow the death of Roman Bondarenko, an anti-government protester who was beaten by security forces and died in hospital. He has now become one of the faces of the protests.

  • During Sunday's protests in Minsk, videos show police using tear gas and clubs to beat protesters. Some journalists covering the protests were also detained.

Ongoing Story

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