Fifty arrests at demonstrations in Minsk

About fifty demonstrators were arrested during protests against President Lukashenko in Minsk. The activists clashed with the police, Russian news agency Interfax writes.

The police allegedly used pepper spray during the arrests. Several protesters are said to have been injured to a greater or lesser extent.

Since the presidential elections of 9 August, massive demonstrations have been held every Sunday against President Lukashenko, who, according to the protesters, has falsely allowed himself to be declared the winner. In the first weeks, hundreds of thousands of demonstrators came, later that gradually decreased.

The president, who has been in power for 26 years, finally made a commitment that reforms would come. Yesterday he visited a number of opposition members in the prison in Minsk. The meeting in prison was striking, as Lukashenko has repeatedly said that there are no political prisoners in Belarus.

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