For participation in an unauthorized protest in Minsk on Saturday, 11 people were detained, told RIA Novosti in the press service of the Main Department of Internal Affairs of Minsk City Executive Committee.
“We have detained 11 protesters,” the agency conversation partner said by phone.
According to him, there are no journalists among the detained people.
On Saturday afternoon another unauthorized action of the opposition called “Women’s March” started in the Belarusian capital. It consisted of girls entering the city center with flowers and marching, in particular, along Independence Avenue in front of the police.
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Protest actions in Belorussia
Strikes and protests covered Belarus on August 9 immediately after the presidential election, which was won by the incumbent head of state Alexander Lukashenko – according to the CEC, he received 80.1% of the vote.
His rival, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, took second place with 10.1%, according to official data. These figures were not recognized at her headquarters, believing that the opposition candidate had gained considerably more than 50%.
In response to the protests, the law enforcers used tear gas, water cannons, light-noise grenades, and rubber bullets. The law enforcement agencies then stopped dispersing rallies and used force.
However, since early September unknown people in civilian clothes, masks, and special means in hand have joined the dispersal of opponents of the authorities. They persecuted demonstrators and if the latter managed to catch up, they used force against them.
According to official data, during the first days of the demonstrations, almost seven thousand people were detained. As reported by law enforcement agencies, hundreds of people were injured in the riots, including more than 120 law enforcement officers. Three of the protesters died.
Earlier Radio Sputnik reported that Lukashenko’s supporters had taken part in a new rally to support the authorities.