Over 20 journalists have reportedly been detained across Belarus while covering mass anti-government demonstrations, RT has reported. In the capital, rallies have been met with a strong police response.

People were gathering in the country’s capital, Minsk, for a procession called ‘The March of Pride’, which was scheduled to kick off at 14:00 local time. Thugs soon began detaining protesters, multiple news outlets reported, with some saying that pepper spray and stun grenades were used.

With protests taking place all across the country, the local journalists’ association said that over 20 reporters, including some from Russia, have been detained by thugs.

Separately, Russia’s TASS news agency said that four of its reporters were taken to the police station. Two of them were released after officers had verified their IDs, but they were later detained again.

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