Interior Ministry: 633 Out Of 32,000 Participants Detained At Sunday Protests

According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, 42 protest actions were registered in the country on Sunday, in which about 31,000 people took part, the press service of the department reports.

The police said that 633 people were detained for violating the law on mass events on 6 September. Some 363 people were sent to pre-trial detention facilities.

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“Despite the explanatory work by police officers, the participants walked onto the roadway and blocked traffic. Near the Palace of Independence, law enforcement officers stopped a column, as a result, some people headed towards Independence Avenue. The rest began to write various inscriptions on special vehicles, provoke conflicts with the police,” the department described the events in the capital.

In Grodno, according to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, “radical ‘activists ‘ moving from Sovetskaya Street towards Yanka Kupala Avenue, also walked onto the road and obstructed the movement of cars.” “Some participants responded to repeated legitimate demands to stop illegal actions not only by shouting slogans but also by throwing plastic bottles, sticks and stones into [police] employees,” it was reported.

On 6 September, protests took place in Minsk and other cities. In the capital, the center was blocked, the protesters went to Minsk Hero City Obelisk and reached the Palace of Independence. According to TUT.BY estimates, more than 100,000 people came to the Palace of Independence in Minsk. The protest actions were followed by brutal detentions and clashes with security officials.