Detentions at a women’s protest rally in Minsk

By | September 19, 2020
Detentions at a women's protest rally in Minsk

In Minsk, OMON detains participants of an unauthorized “women’s march”, reports TOP NEWS.
The column of protesters was moving along Surganov Street. When it approached Yakub Kolas Street, there appeared vending machines and arrests began.
The police of TOP NEWS confirmed the detentions. According to the agency’s interlocutor, the detainees were taken to the police stations for investigation.
Today another opposition “women’s march” is taking place in the Belarusian capital. Its participants are dressed in red-and-white and shiny clothes.

Mass protests started in Belarus on August 9, immediately after the presidential election. According to the CEC, incumbent president Alexander Lukashenko won the election with 80.1% of the vote and his rival Svetlana Tikhanovskaya received 10.12%. The opposition does not recognize these results.

At first, the protests were suppressed, tear gas, water cannons, light-noise grenades, and rubber bullets were used against those dissatisfied with the results of the vote, but then the law enforcers’ methods became softer. According to the Interior Ministry, more than 6,700 people were detained during the first days of the protests, and hundreds were injured, including at least 130 law enforcement officers. The authorities officially confirmed the deaths of three protesters.
In addition, events of Lukashenko’s supporters are held in Belarus.