Rome Newsroom, Aug 20, 2020 / 04:30 am America/Denver (CNA).
The archbishop of Minsk prayed outside of a prison in Belarus Wednesday where detained protesters were reported to have been tortured.
With a rosary in his hands, Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz walked the streets in front of the Akrestsin Street pre-trial detention center at 3pm on Aug. 19, reported the website of the Catholic Church in Belarus.
After praying the chaplet of Divine Mercy, the archbishop spoke with released protesters who had been detained at Akrestsin Street, according to a report on the website of the Catholic Church in Belarus.
The detention center itself became the site of protests following Belarus’ disputed presidential election Aug. 9 in which government electoral officials announced that Alexander Lukashenko -- who has ruled the country for five consecutive terms since 1994 -- had won 80% of the vote.
Electoral officials said that the opposition candidate, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, earned 10% of the vote. She was detained for several hours after complaining to the electoral committee, and has fled to Lithuania.