Mass arrests in Minsk protests: gunfire reported

Hundreds of people are reported to have been detained in Minsk on Sunday in the latest anti-government protests since a disputed August election returned Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko to power.

Demonstrators gathering in the centre of the capital were dispersed by security services. Protests then broke out across the city.

Citizens have been sharing images of the demonstrations. Some have shown black-clad security service members carrying batons chasing protesters and taking them away in vehicles. Minsk-based journalist Hanna Liubakova stated that gunshots have been reported.

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The Viasna Human Rights Centre reported that around 360 people had been detained, among them Olympic decathlon silver medallist Andrei Krauchenko and kickboxing champion Ivan Ganin, both of whom had previously signed an open letter by 1,000 Belarus sports community members calling for new elections.

60 doctors and other medical staff who had gathered for a rally were also detained, according to Viasna.

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