Riot police detaining Belsat TV journalists (video)

Alyaksandr Barazenka made in a live broadcast from the paddy wagon

The number of detained Belsat TV contributors is constantly changing.

In Minsk, the police took journalists Lyubou Luniova, Stas Ivashkevich and cameramen Alyaksandr Barazenka, Zmitser Buyanau during Freedom Day march. They broke Zmitser’s camera. After the detention,  Alyaksandr Barazenka made in a live broadcast from the paddy wagon.

Earlier, our journalists Volia Czajczyc and Andrus Kozel were violently detained in Vitsebsk. The reporters were pushed into the car. Riot policemen failed to give the grounds for detention, they seized equipment. They were driven to Kastrychnitski district police station; they are out of reach.

Police detaining Belsat TV journalists in Vitsebsk

At 16:25, in a live broadcast, Katsyaryna Andreyeva said that Belsat TV journalists (apart from Alyaksandr Barazenka) were released from Zavadzki district police department in Minsk. Five minutes later, Katsyaryna Andreyeva and camerawoman Volha Davydava were detained by the police. Katsyaryna was hit in the stomach.

In Homiel, Larysa Shchyrakova has been detained, she is out of reach.

Freedom Day (Dzień Voli) is an unofficial holiday in Belarus, which is celebrated on March 25 to commemorate the creation on that date in 1918 of the Belarusian People’s Republic (BNR). It came into existence at the end of the First World War, when Bolshevik forces left Minsk and the city was occupied by German troops. On March 25, 1918 the Provisional Government (Rada) proclaimed the independence of the BNR. After the Red Army re-entered Minsk, the Communist government replaced the Rada; its members had to emigrate. The current regime denies Freedom Day and often prevents the opposition forces from celebrating it.