On 11 October, a “March of Dignity” action against the regime of Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenka took place in Minsk. Earlier in the morning, before the protest, military trucks and special equipment were brought to Minsk. Law enforcement officers dispersed the protesters using gas, stun grenades and water cannons. The number of detainees rose to 527. This was reported by the human rights organization “Spring.”

Most detainees are in Minsk. Detentions also took place in Brest, Gomel, Vitebsk, and other major cities. Many journalists and photographers are among those detained.

Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya has already announced a new phase of violence by Alexander Lukashenka’s regime against protesters in Belarus.

“I do not sleep, like all Belarusians now. Hundreds of detainees, mass beatings, blood – this is the only answer they can give. In two months we paid a really terrible price for our freedom. But there are more of us, and we will achieve our goal. You know what to do,” Tsikhanouskaya wrote.

It should be recalled that since 9 August, when protests began in Belarus, almost 3,000 people have been convicted directly in Minsk. They were accused of participating in unauthorised events. The prosecutor of Minsk Oleg Lavrukhin reported about it on air of the Stolichne TV Channel.

Natalia Tolub

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