Updated at 16:11,02-12-2016

First police van with peope leaves Akrestsina prison

About 20 people who were arrested during the demonstration on December 19 and sentenced to 10 days of detention have been released.

They are being met by volunteers and relatives of those who were arrested for longer terms, with presents and postcards.

First police van with peope leaves Akrestsina prison

The released are suggested legal help and money to get home. One of the released - Mikalaj - has plaster on his arm - the riot policemen broke it when dispersing the demonstration. He says that there is an incorrect solid fracture now and he will have to address to the doctors again, informs "Radio Liberty"

"A police van accompanied by a smaller police car has just left Akrestsina prison. We suspect that they started transporting people to the city center",- informs Euroradio's listener.

First police van with peope leaves Akrestsina prison

A representative of the BPF office has informed live on air that the volunteers on duty near Akrestsina confirm this information. "Now they are trying to follow the routes of other police vans to know where they transport the released", she added.

First police van with peope leaves Akrestsina prison

A volunteer Alena has told live on air on Euroradio that they planned to meet people near Akrestsina since 6 p.m. "However, there will be people on duty since 12, as everyone understands they will start releasing people earlier. They are supposed to release 250-300 people on the whole".

First police van with peope leaves Akrestsina prison

Several buses and many cars will meet the released in Zhodzina. The majority of prisoners will leave the Akrestsina detention center, several dozens will be released from the Minsk district detention center where they keep women and girls, and some prisoners will go home from the pre-trial detention center in Zhodzina, said Alena.

First police van with peope leaves Akrestsina prison

First police van with peope leaves Akrestsina prison

First police van with peope leaves Akrestsina prison

Photo by RFE/RL