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Belarus: Over 1,000 Detained in New Demonstration, NGO States

Over 1,100 people were detained on Sunday in Belarus through protests calling for President Alexander Lukashenko to step, a human rights group said.

The Viasna human rights firm counted 1,127 arrests, the huge majority of which were completed in the capital Minsk.

Viasna reported that a number of the people arrested were defeated by the government.

Some 15 subway stations were shut and cellular online access was restricted, an AFP journalist reported.

Lukashenko, that has been in power for 26 decades, said on Friday he had asked researchers to probe the Bondarenko’s departure”frankly and objectively”.

Exiled opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya explained the former soldier as a”guy who had been murdered because he wished to live in a free nation”.

On Sunday she clarified the crackdown on protesters using”gas, grenades, and guns” as”catastrophic” and called for international support for the demonstrators.

“We ask our allies to endure to the Belarusian people and human rights. We need a humanitarian corridor for its wounded, service for the media, global investigation of crimes,” she wrote on Twitter.