Human rights center reports detention of 280 protesters in Belarus on Sunday

The Viasna human rights center unregistered in Belarus reported the detention of 280 participants in unsanctioned protests in Belarus on Sunday.

According to Viasna, detentions took place in Brest, Bobruisk, Borisov, Vitebsk, Volkovysk, Grodno, Zhabinka, Lida, Lyakhovichi, Minsk, Mogilev, Novopolotsk, Pinsk, Polotsk, Pruzhany, and Rechitsa. Some of the detainees have now been released from police stations.

For his part, head of the Minsk City Executive Committee's police department Ivan Kubrakov told the Belarusian media about the detention of about 120 protesters in Minsk and the injuries of two law enforcers.

Protests against the outcome of the August 9 presidential election have been on in Belarus for three months. Incumbent chief of state Alexander Lukashenko, who had been in office since 1994, was declared the election winner. The protesters refused to recognize the official election results and claimed that the vote had been rigged.