Neighbours’ March: Over 400 detainees across Belarus, many beaten

Detentions at Neighbours’ March in Minsk. 29 November 2020. Photo: Agata Kwiatkowska / Belsat

According to human rights centre Viasna, hundreds of people, including journalists, were detained during the marches held in Belarusian cities and town on November, 29. About a dozen detainees were hospitalised.

By 12.00 (local time) on Monday, there have been about 420 names on Viasna’s list; it is being updated.

In Brest, the traffic police stopped the car by which Stanislau Korshunau, a reporter contributing to Brestskaya Gazeta and TUT.BY, and Maksim Khlyabets, Head of the local branch of the Belarusian Association of Journalists, were going. The both men were taken to Leninski district police department; after spending several hours there, they were released. Yana Trusila, a photographer at the Novy Chas media outlet, and Ina Dabratvor, a journalist and mother of five, were detained in Minsk. The two women are awaiting trial in the notorious detention centre in Akrestsin Street. They are charged with ‘violating of rules of holding mass events’ (Art. 23.34 of the Code of Administrative Offences).

Neighbours’ March: New-style protest rallies in Belarusian capital and regions