* Workers were seen striking in Belarus on Friday on sixth day of protests
* Belarusian authorities released 100s of people detained amid demonstrations
* Came hours after law enforcement official apologised for indiscriminate force
Mass strikes have hit Belarus on the sixth day of protests against the ‘rigged’ re-election of dictator Alexander Lukashenko as hundreds of ‘tortured’ protesters are released from prison.
Belarusian authorities released hundreds of people who were detained amid demonstrations contesting the results of the presidential election, in an attempt to assuage public anger over a brutal crackdown on peaceful protests.
Scores of detainees were seen walking out of a jail in the capital, Minsk, at around midnight on Thursday.
Early on Friday morning, volunteers also saw at least 119 detainees being released in the nearby city of Zhodino.
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WNU Editor: The start of nationwide strikes is what I am looking at. These are not university students or human rights campaigners protesting against the government. These are average men between 30 to 60 who are now fighting against the government. This can now go either way. A massive uprising or an uneasy status quo. My money is still on President Lukashenko surviving, but the momentum is now shifting against him. Personally I hope he goes. The sooner the better.
Belarus Factory Workers Hold Mass Walkouts to Back Opposition — Moscow Times/AFP
Belarus: Protesters march on government building as evidence grows of widespread abuses — Euronews
‘It’s like a war’: beatings and indiscriminate arrests as armed men roam streets of Minsk — The Guardian
Belarus election: ‘Widespread torture’ inflicted on jailed protesters — BBC
‘They were smashing me with batons’: detained Belarusians tell of jail abuse — The Guardian
Belarusians accuse authorities of torture and humiliation during mass detentions — CNN
‘Torture Chamber’: Jailed Belarusians Reveal Prison Abuse — Moscow Times/AFP
Belarus issues apology, begins releasing hundreds of detained protesters — DW
US weighs action against Belarus for violent crackdown on pro-democracy protests — ABC News
Germany backs Belarus sanctions ahead of EU meeting — DW
Belarus torture hastens calls for EU sanctions — EU Observer
Belarus: Symbols of the Opposition — AFP