More than 700 detained in Belarus after opposition demonstration

Belarusian authorities announced on Monday that more than 700 people are in detention following the opposition rally the day before, which seeks to pressure President Alexander Lukashenko to resign.

“In total, more than 700 people,” Interior Ministry spokeswoman Olga Chemodánova said in a statement.

According to the Belarusian human rights organization Viasna, at least 1,200 people were detained during Sunday’s demonstration, which was quickly dispersed by the police using tear gas and stun grenades.

On Monday, the opposition Svetlana Tijanóvskaya said she had met with the ambassadors of the European Union and called for new economic sanctions against Belarusian public companies.

The EU sanctioned Alexander Lukashenko, his son Viktor and dozens of members of their environment. Following the death of an opponent during his arrest, they have threatened new sanctions.

Since the start of the protests, thousands of people have been arrested and at least four have died.

Supported by Mosú, Lukashenko, 66, and in power since 1994, refuses to leave and evokes vague constitutional reforms to calm things down, such as “transferring 70% or 80% of the power of the president to Parliament, the government or other structures. “, assured Monday.

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