Police in Belarus detained 313 folks throughout Sunday”s newest demonstrations in opposition to President Alexander Lukashenko to step down, the Inside Ministry mentioned.
1000’s attended protests within the capital, Minsk, and different cities, which have rocked Belarus since Lukashenko’s disputed re-election in August.
Opposition supporters and the European Union have refused to recognise the end result, saying the vote was rigged.
On Sunday, police as soon as once more deployed tear gasoline and stun grenades to interrupt up among the crowds, in line with the Viasna human rights centre.
Viasna says that as many as 416 people have been detained on the sixteenth consecutive Sunday protest.
Giant crowds had gathered on the streets regardless of snowy climate to dam the roads in some areas, some carrying banners saying ““Neighbour for neighbour in opposition to dictatorship”.
Forward of the rally, water cannons, armoured autos, and police vans have been seen within the centre of Minsk, whereas a number of subway stations have been closed.
On Saturday, opposition determine Svetlana Tsikhanouskaya, who left the nation quickly after the election beneath stress from the authorities and is presently in exile in Lithuania, prolonged her help to the protesters.
“I’ll help everybody who takes half within the Neighbors’ March this Sunday,” Tsikhanouskaya mentioned in a video assertion.
“Now we have come a protracted, exhausting method collectively already … we’re a proud, courageous, peaceable people who have discovered the worth of freedom and can by no means comply with reside with out it.”
Belarus’ opposition has been demanding Lukashenko’s resignation, an finish to police violence in opposition to peaceable demonstrators and new elections within the nation.
On Friday, President Lukashenko mentioned he wouldn’t stay within the submit he has held for greater than 26 years if Belarus adopts a brand new structure, however didn’t give additional particulars.
The EU mentioned final week that they’d deliberate new sanctions in opposition to Belarusian enterprise, in response to the “brutality of authorities”.