More than 1,000 people detained at rallies in Belarus

Over a thousand protesters were detained at the rallies held on November 15 in Belarus. According to the Viasna human rights center, the total number of detainees was 1,005. The relevant information is published on the organization’s website.

Thus, most of the arrests took place in Minsk, but were also recorded in Novogrudok, Vitebsk, Svetlogorsk, Gomel, Bobruisk, Grodno, Ivye, Brest, Molodechno, Novopolotsk, Zhlobin and other cities.

Earlier it was reported that the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Belarus confirmed the use of special equipment in dispersing protests in Minsk. Eyewitnesses told about the use of tear gas and stun grenades by security forces. Mass arrests took place near the Pushkinskaya metro station, where opposition supporters were gathering. Gas from cans was sprayed against them.

For the last three months, mass protests have been taking place in Belarus over the official results of the presidential elections on August 9, according to which the current President Alexander Lukashenko won 80 percent of the vote. According to the Belarusian leader, the West stands behind the organization of the actions.