Belarusian law enforcement officers detained a man who sprayed pepper gas in the face of a policeman during one of the unsanctioned protests in Minsk, the press service of the Belarusian Interior Ministry said on Sunday.
An unsanctioned mass event took place on the Logoi tract in Minsk on September 3. In order to ensure public safety, officers of the Soviet police department of Minsk detained the most active participants of the riots. In order to prevent the lawful activities of law enforcement officers, an unknown person sprayed tear gas in the face of one of the policemen, and then fled,” the press service said in a Telegram statement.
It notes that the victim was immediately taken to a medical facility, where he was diagnosed with a “chemical burn to the face, neck, eyes with pepper spray”. At present, his health is not in danger.
The intruder was found just 24 hours later. A 40-year-old man has had problems with the law before. Many times he was brought to administrative responsibility, previously tried. Now the detainee regrets what he did. Perhaps this will be counted as a mitigating circumstance,” the statement says. It says that “investigators have already given a legal assessment of his antics: a criminal case has been opened for violence against an officer of the internal affairs bodies”. Under the Criminal Code of Belarus, violence against an internal affairs officer could be punishable by up to six years in prison.
Mass protests of the opposition began all over Belarus on August 9, after the presidential elections, in which, according to the CEC, the incumbent leader Alexander Lukashenko won for the sixth time with 80.1% of the votes. The opposition believes that Svetlana Tikhanovskaya won the election, not Lukashenko. In the first days of the action were suppressed by the security forces, tear gas, water cannons, stun grenades, and rubber bullets were used against protesters who disagreed with the results. Then the law enforcement agencies stopped dispersing the rallies by force. According to official data, in the first days, more than 6.7 thousand people were detained, hundreds of people were injured during the riots, among them – more than 120 law enforcement officers. Authorities reported the deaths of three protesters.