KIEV, Ukraine (AP) – More than 900 people were arrested on Sunday for demonstrating in different parts of Belarus to demand the resignation of President Alexander Lukashenko, a human rights group denounced.
An almost daily wave of protests has rocked the country since the first days of August. In the capital Minsk, police brandished batons and used tear gas and stun grenades to disperse thousands of protesters.
There were arrests during protests in other cities, including Vitebsk and Gomel, the human rights group Viasna reported. It indicated that at least 928 people were arrested nationwide and that the police beat some of them.
Many of the protesters held banners honoring Raman Bandarenka, an opposition supporter who died Thursday after he was allegedly beaten at a police detention center.
A broad wave of protests, some with the participation of more than 100,000 people, broke out after the August 9 presidential elections that according to official results gave Lukashenko a sixth presidential term. The opposition and some workers at the polls denounce that the results were manipulated.
Lukashenko, who has repressed the opposition and the independent press in his 26 years in power, refuses to negotiate with the opposition and denounces that the protests are being fueled by Western countries.