Day 28 of peaceful protests in Belarus: student solidarity, women’s march, detentions

Belsat continues to monitor developments in the country.

Saturday began with student protests and detentions.

Protests near the MSLU. Minsk, September 5. Photo – Artsiom Lyava, belsat.eu
Protests near the MSLU. Minsk, September 5. Photo – Artsiom Lyava, belsat.eu
Protests near the MSLU. Minsk, September 5. Photo – Artsiom Lyava, belsat.eu
Protests near the MSLU. Minsk, September 5. Photo – Artsiom Lyava, belsat.eu
Protests near the MSLU. Minsk, September 5. Photo – Artsiom Lyava, belsat.eu

Students of MSLU, BSTU, BSU came out near their universities with peaceful pickets: they stood with posters, sang songs. But then on Karl Marx Street, near one of the cafes, brutal detentions began.

According to the Human Rights Center Vyasna, 15 students were detained. According to the press spokesperson of the Minsk police Natallia Hanusevich, on Saturday, August 5, about 30 people were detained. She passed such data to the Interfax-Zapad agency at 4:33 p.m.

Some students still marched to Kamaroukski market.

At 15:00 a women’s picket began near the Kamarouski market, which after about 30-40 minutes moved towards Victory Square.

Women’s Peace March near Kamarouski Market in Minsk. September 5, 2020. Photo: Iryna Arakhouskaya / Belsat.eu
Women’s Peace March near Kamarouski Market in Minsk. September 5, 2020. Photo: Iryna Arakhouskaya / Belsat.eu
Women’s Peace March near Kamarouski Market in Minsk. September 5, 2020. Photo: Iryna Arakhouskaya / Belsat.eu
Women’s Peace March near Kamarouski Market in Minsk. September 5, 2020. Photo: Iryna Arakhouskaya / Belsat.eu
Women’s Peace March near Kamarouski Market in Minsk. September 5, 2020. Photo: Iryna Arakhouskaya / Belsat.eu
Women’s Peace March near Kamarouski Market in Minsk. September 5, 2020. Photo: Iryna Arakhouskaya / Belsat.eu
Women’s Peace March near Kamarouski Market in Minsk. September 5, 2020. Photo: Iryna Arakhouskaya / Belsat.eu

At about 4:40 p.m., Belsat journalists Alena Dubovik and Maksim Kalitousky were detained. They broadcast live from the women’s march.

Belsat journalists Alena Dubovik and Maksim Kalitousky talk to a participant of the women’s peace march in Minsk. September 5, 2020. Photo: Iryna Arakhouskaya / Belsat.eu

Here is a video of their detention.

On Saturday, it also was reported that Volha Kavalkova, a representative of the Presidium of the Coordinating Council, was free and already in Warsaw. She gave a press conference where she told how she had left Belarus.

“I was taken out of Belarus like Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya was taken out earlier,” Kavalkova said. She also promises to return to Belarus soon to continue her political activities.

“When I was behind bars, the authorities came and said that if I did not agree to leave the country with them, my stay behind bars would be very long. They came to my detention center, put on a hood and a mask, and put me in the back seat. I didn’t know which way we were going. We arrived at the Bruzgi checkpoint. I passed passport control, they transported my things across the border. A bus was going to Warsaw and a border guard asked them to pick me up. ”

The full press conference can be viewed here.

On Saturday, they also supported Belarusian peaceful protests and those Belarusians who live abroad. They took to the central streets of cities, as well as to the embassies of Belarus. They protested for the release of all political prisoners, the cessation of violence by the security forces and the fair presidential election. So, they went to picket the Belarusian embassy in Vilnius today.

Vilnius, September 5, in front of the Belarusian Embassy. Photo: Hanna Rusinava / Belsat.eu
Vilnius, September 5, in front of the Belarusian Embassy. Photo: Hanna Rusinava / Belsat.eu

A picket against the actions of the Belarusian authorities took place near the residence of the Belarusian ambassador to Lithuania. People have been trying to call diplomats for talks for four weeks now, and they also want to express solidarity with the Belarusian people protesting in Belarus.

“The response to the collective complaint was outrageous. The ambassador said that the election was of high quality, the commission worked satisfactorily, nobody interfered with anyone, that it was their own fault that people could not vote, ”said Mikhail Prakudzin, one of the organizers of the picket, the organizer of exit polls in Lithuania.

The performance took place in Brussels.

Brussels, September 5, action in support of Belarusian protesters., Photo: Belsat.eu
Brussels, September 5, action in support of Belarusian protesters., Photo: Belsat.eu

People also protested in Kyiv.

Kyiv, near the Belarusian embassy, September 5. Photo: Aleg Reshetnyak / Belsat.eu
Kyiv, near the Belarusian embassy, September 5. Photo: Aleg Reshetnyak / Belsat.eu
Kyiv, near the Belarusian embassy, September 5. Photo: Aleg Reshetnyak / Belsat.eu
Kyiv, near the Belarusian embassy, September 5. Photo: Aleg Reshetnyak / Belsat.eu
Kyiv, near the Belarusian embassy, September 5. Photo: Aleg Reshetnyak / Belsat.eu
Kyiv, near the Belarusian embassy, September 5. Photo: Aleg Reshetnyak / Belsat.eu

Despite the blockade of the streets, the women still reached Independence Square. See how it happened.

Women’s Peace March near Komarousky Market in Minsk. September 5, 2020. Photo: Iryna Arakhouskaya / Belsat.eu
Women’s Peace March near Independence Square in Minsk. September 5, 2020. Photo: Iryna Arakhouskaya / Belsat.eu
A participant of the Women’s Peace March in Minsk stands with a sign in front of a car accompanying the crowd during a march through the city. September 5, 2020. Belsat.eu Photo: Iryna Arakhouskaya / Belsat.eu
A participant of the Women’s Peace March in Minsk at the Independence Square. September 5, 2020. Photo: Iryna Arakhouskaya / Belsat.eu
A participant of the women’s peace march on Independence Square in Minsk shows a man in unidentified uniform posters with a photo of the protest victim. September 5, 2020. Photo: Iryna Arakhouskaya / Belsat.eu
Participants of the women’s peace march on Independence Square in Minsk under the supervision of security officers. September 5, 2020. Photo: Iryna Arakhouskaya / Belsat.eu
A participant of the women’s peace march on Independence Square in Minsk shows a man in unidentified uniform posters with a photo of the protest victim. September 5, 2020. Photo: Iryna Arakhouskaya / Belsat.eu
Women’s Peace March near Independence Square in Minsk. September 5, 2020. Photo: Iryna Arakhouskaya / Belsat.eu

At about 8:10 p.m., Belsat journalists Alena Dubovik and Maksim Kalitouski were released from the local police department. There were protocols filed under Art. 22.9 (illegal production of media), their camera and phones were taken away from them.

Here’s an updated list of people detained on 5 September.

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