New sad record: Over 1,200 detained during Sunday’s march

On November 15, about 1,270 people were detained in Belarusian cities and towns (mainly in Minsk) for participating in the March of Brave People, human rights centre Viasna reports. The list is still being updated.

In the Belarusian capital city, part of its participants gathered at Pushkinskaya metro station (the place where Alyaksandr Taraykouski, the first victim amid post-election protests, was killed on August, 10) and marched to the improvised Square of Change from which Minsker Raman Bandarenka was abducted by unindentified persons. Notably, he was sent to hospital by the Minsk police; on November 12, the man slipped into a coma and died of severe head injuries.

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Other protesters came straight to the yard commonly known as the Square of Change; gro-government forces battered peaceful demonstrators, used flashbang grenades against them, detained en masse. Notably, the Belarusian police grabbed 25 media workers who were covering the protest rallies in the country.

The number has become a new anti-record: on November 8, there were 1,055 names on the lists made by human rights activists.

On Monday morning, some detainees were released, since, according to witnesses, Belarusian and remand centres and detention facilities are overcrowded.

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