Belarusian Protests: Hundreds detained during March of Heroes

Masked riot police in uniform and plainclothes violently arrested more than 400 people as tens of thousands of anti-government demonstrators took to the streets of Minsk during the “March of Heroes” protest on Sunday.

Reports of the arrests emerged as protesters kicked off the fifth week of demonstrations against the August 9 election which they say were rigged in favor of the country’s strongman Alexander Lukashenko.

Belarus Proteste Minsk
Police were reportedly heavy-handed with protesters

The rally was dedicated to Maria Kalesnikava, a jailed opposition leader, and other members of the 
democracy movement.

Reports said the police stepped in towards the end of the protest, which was reported to have been 100,000 people strong.

Kevin Ifedayo

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