Police OMON dispersed columns of demonstrators in Minsk, among others, in the Kamienna Horka district, at Sergiusza Prytyckiego, Feliks Dzerzhinsky and Maksim Bogdanowicz Street. The Belarusian militia again used stun grenades.
The officers have already detained at least several dozen people. Journalist Andrzej Poczobut writes on Twitter about “hunting people”.
According to media reports, at least several thousand people are protesting in the capital. Journalist Franak Viacorka reports on Twitter that about 30 meetings are held in the capital. 10 metro stations are closed to traffic and mobile internet is not working. Small actions protest are held in other Belarusian cities: Mogilev, Gomel, Żodino and Smolawicz.
“Grodno. Chain of Solidarity in one of the city districts. This time there is no joint action in Grodno, but chains and marches of several dozen people are taking place simultaneously in various districts. This is to make it difficult for siloviki to strangle them and make arrests” – reports the journalist on Sunday protests Andrzej Poczobut.
Protests in Belarus
Independent media almost exclusively publish archival or amateur photos and recordings of the protests. Editorial offices are afraid of sending journalists to demonstrations for fear of arrests.
Journalists who reported earlier protests on the spot were often detained by the police. Later, the courts sentenced them to arrest for participating in illegal demonstrations. Walery Kalinowski, a journalist of Radio Swaboda, told Polish Radio that 18 journalists from independent media, including several of its editorial offices, are currently in custody.
– Now it is very difficult for journalists to work on protests in Minsk. Almost every exit to observe a demonstration ends with an arrest. Journalism on Belarus this is one of the most dangerous professions – says Walery Kalinowski.
According to the independent Belarusian Association of Journalists, since the beginning of this year journalists have been detained in Belarus more than half a thousand times. A large part of them were later sentenced to fines and arrest.