BBC: Belarus protests: Government defends mass arrests
Belarus has defended the arrests of hundreds of people who were taking part in rare protests on Saturday.
About 400 people were detained, and some beaten, in the protests against a tax on those classed as under-employed.
More people were arrested on Sunday in further demonstrations in the capital, Minsk, and other cities.
Belarus tolerates little dissent but has recently been seeking to improve ties with the West and reduce its dependency on Russia.
The foreign ministry said the demonstrations on Saturday were not peaceful, as "petrol bombs and arms-laden cars" were found near the Minsk protest.
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WNU Editor: If there is a European leader that deserves to be overthrown .... it is Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko. Unfortunately .... the political establishment and his security forces are still loyal to him.
More News On The Growing Unrest In Belarus
Heavy Riot Police Presence In Minsk Following Crackdown -- RFE
Dozens detained seeking answers about Belarus mass arrests -- AP
Hundreds Detained as Belarus Struggles to Quell Protests -- Reuters
Belarus cracks down on anti-government march -- Financial Times
Riot police in Belarus attack protesters calling for end to ‘dictatorship’ -- The Guardian
Belarus protests: Hundreds arrested after defying ban -- BBC
Belarus cracks down on mounting protests -- DW
Belarus arrests authors, publishers and journalists in crackdown -- The Guardian
Belarus Police Arrest Hundreds Defying Protest Ban -- VOA
Scores detained after defying Belarus protest ban -- Al Jazeera
Belarus: Vicious crackdown on peaceful protests mars ‘Freedom Day’ -- Amnesty International
Belarus had a large protest today. Is it the beginning of a movement, or the end? -- Washington Post
Is Belarus on the Verge of Revolution? -- Tatyana Ivanova, LobeLog