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MINSK, July 15 (Itar-Tass) —— Belarussian authorities continued on Thursday to sentence silent protesters to administrative arrest ranging from three to 15 days in custody.
The Belarussian Vesna human rights center said three district courts of Minsk considered 13 cases against activists detained on Wednesday evening for participation in silent protests against President Alexander Lukashenko.
Eleven people were sentenced to arrest and two were fined, Vesna said. All of them were accused of allegedly cursing in public places.
One protester was arrested in the town of Zhodino and another fined in the town of Soligorsk.
Belarussian media and human rights activists said several dozen people were detained during a regular silent protest action on Wednesday, including 25 people in Minsk. Several of them were later released.
The detentions were carried out by plain-clothed people who resorted to brutal physical force against protesters.