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Over 360 People Detained For Chains Of Solidarity In 19 Belarusian Cities

The deregistered human rights center Viasna estimated the number of people detained during the Chain of Solidarity rallies held on 18-21 June across the country.

According to human rights activists, more than 360 people were detained for participating in the “chains of solidarity.” In Minsk alone, more than 260 protesters were detained. The detentions took place in 19 cities of Belarus.

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People were detained in Gomel (13 people), Bobruisk (12 people), Novopolotsk (10 people), Gantsevichi (10 people), Borisov (10 people), Novogrudok (9 people), Vitebsk (7 people), Mogilev ( 6 or more people), Brest (6 people), Rechitsa (3 people).

There were also detenions in Volkovysk (3 people), Molodechno (3 people), Soligorsk (2 people), Grodno (2 people), Orsha (2 people), Svetlogorsk (1 person), Lida (1 person), Slutsk (at least 1 person). In Slonim, participants were reportedly called to the police to draw up report after the rally ended.

In Minsk, at least 15 people were released without a report and are now summonned to the Leninsky district police department to draw it up. It is also reported that on 22-23 June, more than 100 trials were held around the country.

Human rights activists report that 9 people received a total of 105 days of arrest, at least 78 people received fines totaling about BYN 50,500 (~$21,276 or €18,864 as of 24 June). From the beginning of the election campaign, 112 people received a total of 1,583 days of administrative arrest.

In addition, 205 people were fined for more than BYN 167,000 (~$70,360 or €62,368 as of 24 June). Human rights defenders are aware of at least 650 cases of arbitrary detentions that occurred between 6 May 6 and 23 June.