BELARUSALERT – DAY 70

Date: 19 October 2020

Sunday Marked by Protests

At least 30,000 people participated in Sunday’s opposition march in Minsk. Moreover, demonstrations took place in other cities of Belarus. The militia detained over 100 people across the country. The arrests took place mostly in Minsk, but also in Vitebsk, Brest, Gomel and other smaller cities. The most violent events occurred in the capital where protesters were detained by unmarked individuals with faces covered with balaclavas or helmets. The militia shot rubber bullets into the air and, according to unconfirmed reports, used stun grenades as well. An hour before the start of the demonstration in Minsk, nearby subway stations were closed. During the march there were issues with communication via mobile Internet. October 18 fell on another Sunday, or the day of the week when the greatest mobilization of opponents of the regime takes place. However, this demonstration in Minsk as well as protests in other parts of the country are becoming less and less numerous.

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