NEWS
03/27/2017 16:31 EDT | Updated 03/28/2018 01:12 EDT

More than 1,000 arrested in protests against Belarusian President Lukashenko

More than 1,000 people have been arrested in Belarus after weekend protests against the country's authoritarian president, Alexander Lukashenko, according to human rights group Vesna.

The group said roughly 150 protestors had already been sentenced to jail terms of up to 25 days. 

Opponents of Lukashenko held unsanctioned demonstrations on Saturday in the capital, Minsk, and other Belarusian cities. Arrests were widespread.

More arrests took place in Minsk on Sunday when demonstrators demanded to know the detainees' whereabouts.

Authorities have made no comment on the arrests. 

On Monday, a representative of Vesna, Vladimir Lobkovich, called the sentencing of the protestors a "judicial conveyor." 

The weekend demonstrations were part of an unusually persistent wave of anti-government protests in the former Soviet republic.

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