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Activists rally near the Embassy of Belarus in Kyiv on March 26 with posters which read "Our weapon is solidarity," "For yours and our freedom," "Are you still free? Help political prisoners," "Long live Belarus" and "Sow freedom and dignity." The activists gathered to support protesters in Belarus and demand the end of repression in the country.
Photo by Volodymyr Petrov

Some 70 people gathered outside the Embassy of Belarus in Kyiv on March 26 demanding that the Belarusian authorities release all protesters detained the day before at an unauthorized rally in Minsk.

Activists held posters that read “Our weapon is solidarity,” “For your and our freedom,” “Are you still free? Help political prisoners,” and “Long live Belarus.”

About 700 people had tried to march early on March 25 known as Freedom Day in the capital Minsk, but were blocked by police. They gathered to defy the so-called “social parasite law” taxing those that work less than 183 days a year, and President’s Alexander Lukashenko’s 23-year-long dictatorship.

Belarusian authorities detained some 400 people during the attempt to hold a street protest on March 25. Among those arrested were about 25 journalists, according to the Belarusian Journalists’ Association.

 

 

 

 

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