Mourners Detained at Minsk Memorial for Activist Who Died After Beating by Belarusian Police

Belarusian police detained mourners on Sunday, November 15, at the makeshift memorial in Minsk for Raman Bandarenka, an anti-government protester who died after being beaten by officers.

A crowd gathered to light candles and lay down flowers for Bandarenka before police arrived to end the ceremony and detain several people, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reported.

Uniformed officers released tear gas and stun grenades to disperse a peaceful rally that took place on the same day, resulting in several injuries, according to local news reports.

Thousands protested in Minsk on Sunday to honor Bandarenka as anti-government demonstrations continued against Alexander Lukashenko’s declared presidential victory, which many believe was rigged, local media reported. Credit: Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty via Storyful