In the corridor, the detainee complained that he was getting vomiting. He asked to go out, saying he did not want to make the floor dirty. He was taken out, but spasms stopped in the fresh air. "At that moment, a fat man wearing a balaclava comes up and asks: 'Who is this?" They answer, and he says: "No, it won't work, let's put him in a prison truck, let our people have fun," says Yakau. The 'fun' turned out to be dropping people onto the floor and purposefully hitting them in their legs. The same man forcibly opened Yakau's mouth, put in a piece of paper, and ordered him to eat it. Then all the detainees - about 200 people - were flung into the gym.
Yakau says he just got plain lucky because the plainclothes men who had taken him for either an informant or a protest coordinator left, and other officers treated him like other detainees. In the gym, everyone signed the protocols drawn according to one and the same sample. For example, those protocols read that all the detainees chanted 'Freedom for Statkevich' and 'Sveta [Tsikhanouskaya] is our president'. Then there was a transfer to the detention centre in Akrestsin Street. "They kick you out of the prison truck, you go up steep stairs, you see only legs, you have your hands behind your back, and you are still beaten," Yakau describes the 'reception'.