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Belarus: Dozens of arrests in Minsk as police use water cannon to Divide anti-Lukashenko protests

Riot police arrested protesters in Minsk on Sunday as tens of thousands rallied for the ninth successive Sunday rally against Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko.

Independent media still working from Belarus shared pictures of people being arrested in barbarous fashion, in what’s been called the most savage repression of a demonstration in Minsk for 2 months.

Rallies also took place in different cities, such as Brest, Vitebsk, and Grodno.

Dozens of protesters continued accidents, according to a human rights group. Viasna published a record of protesters detained throughout the nation on its website which by Sunday evening had over 300 titles on it.

It estimated that approximately 100,000 people participate in the demonstration in Minsk.

Army and audience control vehicles were spotted entering the Belarusian funds in the afternoon to get ready for the rally. Videos of the protests reveal thousands of people marching in columns throughout the town, waving flags and chanting slogans.

On Saturday, Lukashenko visited a prison to speak to opposition activists, who were jailed for hard his reelection. Commentators said the movement was an effort to mimic a dialogue.

Ales Bialiatski of this Viasna facility said that”rather than a dialog, Belarusians received yet another strong-arm dispersal (of a demonstration ) together with the beaten along with the wounded.”

Lukashenko’s most important election challenger Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, in exile in Lithuania after departing Belarus in fear for her safety and her kids, stated on Sunday that any dialog with the government should begin only when they stop detentions and release political prisoners.

“We are all working together to prevent strong detentions, release political prisoners, and specify a time and a location for discussions. If these requirements aren’t fulfilled, then they’re attempting to deceive us” Tsikhanouskaya stated in a statement.

She invited Belarusians on Sunday to keep peaceful protests.

Anti-Lukashenko protests have rocked Belarus within the previous two months, together with the biggest rallies in Minsk bringing around 200,000 people.

During the very first days following the election, the police used tear gas, truncheons, and rubber bullets to disperse crowds.

Many protesters died, many were wounded and almost 7,000 were arrested.

The protests erupted following the August 9 election that given president Lukashenko a sixth term in office in what critics say was a false vote.