The United States urges the Belarusian authorities to immediately release detained peaceful demonstrators.
This is stated in the message on the Embassy website.
“The United States notes with deep concern the opposition of the authorities of Belarus to conduct peaceful protests on the occasion of the annually celebrated freedom Day. Large-scale detentions of peaceful demonstrators, human rights defenders and a number of journalists are contrary to democratic values. There are reports on the use of force against peaceful demonstrators and other persons”, – is told in the message.
Some of the detainees were released. The United States will continue to closely monitor the situation and urge the government of Belarus to immediately release other detained peaceful demonstrators, human rights defenders and journalists and to ensure the right of citizens to peaceful Assembly and freedom of expression in accordance with its international obligations.
The Belarusian opposition planned to hold on March 25 in Minsk two actions against the law on parasites and to celebrate the “freedom Day”. Minsk authorities have proposed a “freedom Day” in the Park of Friendship of Peoples, but the organizers did not agree to such terms.
Promotions to celebrate the “freedom Day” also took place in other Belarusian cities: Gomel, Vitebsk, Grodno and Brest. Agreed they were only in the last two cities.
In Minsk they ended in mass arrests. The defenders were the hundreds of detainees.
Towards evening the people began to release from the police, certain without a Protocol.