About a hundred security forces are on October Square in Minsk, on the perimeter of the fences and stretched barbed wire,
According to the agency’s correspondent, there are paddy wagons and ambulances on the streets adjacent to Independence Avenue, the traffic is not blocked yet, the situation remains calm. The entrance to Independence Avenue from the side of the railway station is closed.
Also, barbed-ribbon fences are also on display around the stele of Minsk, the hero city. At the same time, the journalist did not notice the security forces near her.
According to the portal TYT. by, Independence Square in the Belarusian capital is completely blocked, security forces in military uniform stand near Victory Square.
The media staff was warned to “keep a safe distance” from the participants of the planned action.
By this hour, columns of protesters had already begun to gather in some parts of the city and were heading to the city center.
At two o’clock in the afternoon in the center of Minsk is expected a large-scale procession of opponents of President Alexander Lukashenko, which traditionally takes place on Sundays. The day before it was announced by former presidential candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya.
Strikes and protests swept Belarus on August 9, immediately after the presidential elections, which were won by the current head of state Alexander Lukashenko – according to the CEC, he received 80.1% of the votes.
His rival, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, according to official data, took second place with 10.1%. In her headquarters, these figures were not recognized, finding that the opposition candidate scored significantly more than 50%.
Reacting to the protests, the security forces used tear gas, water cannons, stun grenades, and rubber bullets. Then the law enforcement agencies stopped dispersing rallies and using force.
According to official data, almost seven thousand people were detained in the first days of the demonstrations. According to law enforcement officials, hundreds of people were injured in the riots, including more than 120 law enforcement officers. Three protesters died.