Belarus police detain human rights advocate Tatyana Revyaka in Minsk, Belarus, 26 March 2017

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Dozens have been detained on Sunday, together with human rights activist Tatyana Revyaka

Belarus has defended the mass arrests on Saturday throughout protests towards a tax on these seen as under-employed.

A whole lot have been arrested and a few overwhelmed up as hundreds took to the streets of the capital, Minsk, and different cities.

The overseas ministry mentioned the demonstrations weren’t peaceable as “petrol bombs and arms-laden vehicles” have been discovered close to the Minsk protest.

Police detained extra folks on Sunday in Minsk and elsewhere throughout additional demonstrations.

A number of dozen have been detained in central Minsk, based on the information website Tut.by, as they expressed solidarity with these held on Saturday.

Human rights website Charter97 mentioned there have been extra, small protests, in different cities.

Defending the federal government, overseas ministry spokesman Dzmitryy Mironchyk mentioned the “actions of regulation enforcement companies have been fully applicable” on Saturday.

He mentioned the rallies had been unauthorised, which “bears particular consequence in any nation of the world”, and famous that no tear gasoline or water cannons have been used.

Individually, the household of senior opposition determine, Mikalay Statkevich, have mentioned they’re involved for his welfare as a result of he has not been heard from since 24 March. An opposition web site quoted the safety providers as denying information of his whereabouts.

Mr Statkevich had been anticipated to guide Saturday’s protests.

Media captionThe BBC filmed the beatings as protesters have been arrested

The authorities are reported to have jailed greater than 100 opposition supporters for phrases of between three and 15 days within the lead-up to Saturday’s demonstration.

The weekend’s occasions observe weeks of sporadic protests towards a $230 (£185) levy on these unemployed for six months, dubbed a “social parasites” tax.

President Alexander Lukashenko insists the tax is not going to be scrapped and says it instils self-discipline within the workshy.

Nonetheless, he has suspended it for this 12 months. Opponents say it punishes those that can’t discover a job.

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A whole lot of protesters have been arrested

Described by some within the West as “Europe’s final dictator”, Mr Lukashenko has dominated Belarus since 1994.

He tolerates little dissent, however has not too long ago been making an attempt to enhance ties with the West and cut back the nation’s dependence on Russia.