Stun grenades, tear gas: More than 1,000 arrests in Belarus

In Belarus, the police use force against peaceful demonstrators. Numerous people are arrested, many of them have now been released.

According to the Wesna human rights group, more than 1,000 demonstrators were arrested at the Sunday demonstration against ruler Alexander Lukashenko in Belarus. The human rights center listed the names of more than 1,040 people arrested on its website. Most of them were therefore in police custody in the capital Minsk. There were also several journalists among them. Many were released that evening after being checked. The authorities initially did not publish any figures on the arrests.

Thousands of people had previously participated in the protests. Security forces sometimes used massive violence against peaceful demonstrators. Videos on the news channel Telegram showed how hooded uniformed men used tear gas and stun grenades. In this way they broke up individual rallies. Eyewitnesses also reported rubber bullets.

There have been regular protests since the presidential election on August 9th. Lukashenko had been declared the winner with 80.1 percent of the vote. The EU no longer recognizes him as president. The opposition sees civil rights activist Svetlana Tichanovskaya as the real winner. She had fled to the EU country Lithuania.

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