At least 1,039 protesters were arrested during this Sunday in a new day of massive protests against the president of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, according to the NGO pro Human Rights Viasna.
The group, which collects data on arrests during protests, says it has information on arrests in several cities, mostly in Minsk, although the figures, it noted, could increase As the hours go by This Sunday night, the Belarusian Interior Ministry had not offered information about these arrests.
In response to the protests, called this Sunday under the slogan “Long live Belarus!”, The authorities, as usual, they cut internet traffic, they closed several metro stations in Minsk and deployed a major security device.
This Sunday the formation of a single column like the one that traditionally marched to the fortified headquarters of the Presidency was not allowed, so they were formed smaller groups that toured the capital, reports the Belarusian news portal tut.by.
There were also recurrent arrests by the security forces, who were used with violence, according to eyewitnesses, and according to videos posted on social networks.
Already in the afternoon a demonstration in support of Lukashenko in the middle of a new deployment of police and military forces again without visible identifications.
Opposition leader Svetlana Tijanovskaya, who is currently in exile in the European Union, praised the courage of the protesters at the latest marches, almost all doctors, and criticized the authorities for arresting medical personnel in the course of a pandemic.
Since the protests began, many doctors have been fired, for which Tikhanovskaya accused Lukashenko of “sacrifice people’s lives to stay in power. “
The opposition party also accused the authorities of hide the true magnitude of the pandemic in the country. Officially, Belarus has registered 997 new infections and three deaths related to the coronavirus this Saturday and in total it has detected 105,283 cases and 1,004 deaths.
The protests against Lukashenko have been going on for almost three months after the August 9 elections that the opposition considered were rigged.