1 September 2020, 14:02 | REFORM.by
Police officers (or individuals presumed to be such) would not allow the first-year students of the Belarusian National Technical University (BNTU), who attended the first day of school assembly, to leave the sports ground. A student’s mother told Reform.by about this.
According to the woman, her son and other freshmen on the university’s sports ground were held by people in black without any identifying markers. The students were not allowed to use their phones, and for several hours she did not know anything about her son’s whereabouts.
“They stood in the gym [open air sports ground – editor’s note]. Police told them to stand still and not touch the phones. He said it looked very scary. The first day at the university made quite an impression on him,” said the student’s mother.
The BNTU campus security would not comment on the situation or explain who exactly held the students.
“God knows who it was. No comment,” the security office told the Reform.by reporter, and advised to contact the BNTU press service.
The University’s press service explained that the situation took place at the BNTU stadium. Indeed, police officers were present there. They had been brought in for security purposes. The press service did not confirm the information on the mobile phone use ban.
Earlier reports said BNTU campus had been patrolled by unidentified masked people wearing black. Radio Svaboda published a video of two unidentified men in black attempting to arrest a young woman.