Police wrote numbers on them. People started to be released from Minsk detention centre

On August 9, the day of the presidential election, the Belarusian authorities started detaining peaceful picketers who took to the streets to show their discontent with vote rigging. However, the protests continued. As of Thursday morning, the number of detainees throughout the country amounted to 6,800.

Ex-detainee showing bruises, Detention centre in Akrestsin Street, Minsk. 13 August 2020. Photo: Vot-tak.tv / Belsat.eu

However, on Thursday evening, detainees started to be released from the tightly packed detention centre in Akrestsin Street in Minsk. Volunteers called on car owners to come and drive the people home as many of them were in a state of shock, had no documents, money, and mobile phones.

Detention centre in Akrestsin street, Minsk. 13 August 2020 г. Photo: Аlyaksandr Vasyukovich / Vot-tak.tv / Belsat.eu

The response was so massive that a traffic jam formed near the prison. Volunteers even had to address those willing to help on the Internet, saying there were enough cars and drivers.

Photo: Alyaksandr Vasyukovich / Vot-tak.tv / Belsat.eu

Volunteers were covering them with blankets and providing with water and food. Ambulance cars were seen to be driving through the prison gate.

People who has no information about their missing relatives showed photos to those leaving the detention centre, hoping that they happened to see them in the cell.

Detention centre in Akrestsin street. 13 August 2020. Photo: Alyaksandr Vasyukovich / Vot-tak.tv / Belsat.eu

According to one of the detainees, her car was stopped by the traffic police. Then the police arrived; they had information that she was allegedly carrying much of pyrotechnics. The car was searched, nothing was found, but the woman was jailed anyway.

Minsk, 13 August 2020. Photo: Vot-tak.tv / Belsat.eu

People were keeping silence: it is known that if there are voices of support from outside, jailers start beating detainees inside.

Deputy Interior Minister Alyaksandr Barsukou arrived and said that there had never been any violence in the detention centre in Akrestsin Street.

Detention centre in Akrestsin street. 13 August 2020 . Photo: Vot-tak.tv / Belsat.eu

Notably, there were NUMBERS drawn by a marker pen on the backs of the detainees. By 2 am on Friday, 145 men and women have been released.

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