In Minsk, several dozens of participants of the women’s action against falsification of the voting results at the presidential election in Belarus and in support of the previously detained activists were detained.
The rally participants gathered at Freedom Square in the center of the city. Some of them were holding photos of victims of violence by the police.
At about 3 p.m. local time they lined up in a column and started clapping. The police warned that the event was not sanctioned. Soon after the rally began, arrests began. Women tried to block the road to the vending machines with the detained activists.
About 20 minutes after the action started not a single participant remained on Freedom Square. However, soon a new women’s column appeared there. The participants marched towards Nemiga. Many had pots and pans in their hands.
Eyewitnesses reported that journalists from the Belsat TV channel had been detained. They were broadcasted live from the scene.
Today it became known that 93 Belarusian footballers of the first and top league, as well as the national team, recorded a video condemning violence against protesters.
“We want to express our words of support to those who suffered, were humiliated, severely beaten, and mutilated. And we call for – stop the violence,” said the athletes.
Since August 9, when the presidential elections in Belarus ended, there have been thousands of protests against the official voting results. Protesters claim that the results were rigged in favor of Alexander Lukashenko, re-elected for a sixth consecutive term. According to the latest data, during the month of protests in Belarus, the number of victims exceeded 800, seven and a half thousand people were detained.