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