Belarus: Police begin arrests at large unauthorized rally in Minsk
05 September 2020 | 9:04 am
Police have detained over 100 protesters after they ignored a police ban and tried to join a large rally against Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko in Minsk. The central Independence Square has been sealed off.
The Kremlin said Russia is trying to resolve the situation. The EU is reportedly preparing sanctions against a Russian airline over the transportation of migrants to Belarus.
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