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Deutsche Welle: Mass Arrests In Minsk Centre

PHOTO: TUT.BY

Police detained several politicians, as well as legendary Belarusian musicians.

On Monday, March 25, in the centre of Minsk, where the Freedom Day was celebrated to mark the 101st anniversary of the Belarusian People’s Republic (BPR), a number of detentions of politicians, activists and artists took place. DW correspondents report about it.

According to their information, Acting Chairman of the United Civil Party (UCP) Mikalai Kazlov and Co-Chairman of the Belarusian Christian Democracy (BCD) Vital Rymasheuski were detained near Kastrychnitskaya Square.

Politicians planned to lay flowers to the building, where the Сharter on the creation of the independent BPR was adopted in 1918.

Police disrupted improvised concert

Later on Kamsamolskaya Street, which was turned into a traffic-free zone and where an improvised concert was to take place, four musicians – Liavon Volski, Ihar Varashkevich, Zmitser Vaitsiushkevich and Pavel Arakelian, – were detained. The performers were taken to a prisoner van and, according to the tut.by portal, one of the police officers called Volski the organizer of a “mass event”.

According to the human rights activist Siarhei Sysa from the HRC Viasna, there were about 12 people detained.