Some 10 members of a group of women protesting "unfair" court judgments pronounced against them or in cases of their relatives were apprehended by police in Minsk on October 3.
About 20 women staged an unauthorized protest in Liberty Square in downtown Minsk to highlight their problems and what they described as the country's flawed judicial system, the husband of the group's legal advisor, Tamara Syarhey, told BelaPAN .
Minutes after the women unfurled signs that read, "Officials Must Be Held Accountable" and "The Presidential Administration Is a Reliable Guardian against Lawlessness in the Country," some of them, including Ms. Syarhey, were arrested by police. "As the wife told me, some 10 women were brought to the Tsentralny district police department. One of them, a disabled woman, was thrown down to the floor inside the bus, into which the arrestees were being bundled," the man said.
He added that his wife could no longer be reached by mobile phone.