Ten armored personnel carriers with military personnel are standing near the Palace of Independence – the residence of the President of Belarus – in Minsk, ria Novosti reports.
Next to the palace is also the Supreme Court of the Republic. Nearby there are cars with barbed wire – it is not yet unwound.
Security forces cordoned off the square near the Palace of the Republic in Minsk
During the two previous Sunday rallies, supporters of the Belarusian opposition came to the Palace of Independence, but each time the road was blocked by riot police. Last Sunday, APCs were also brought to Lukashenko’s residence.
On Sunday in Minsk, opponents of incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko are planning a new uncoordinated protest. The Ministry of the Interior in this regard said that the police will serve in a reinforced regime, to ensure security additionally involved special equipment of the police and internal troops of the Interior Ministry. Earlier, such Sunday rallies were accompanied by the detention of protesters.
Mass protests of the opposition began all over Belarus on August 9, after the presidential elections, in which Lukashenko won for the sixth time – according to the CEC, he received 80.1% of the votes. 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 rallies and using force. According to official data, more than 6.7 thousand people were detained in the first days. According to the Interior Ministry, hundreds of people were injured during the riots, including more than 130 law enforcement officers. Authorities have officially reported the deaths of three protesters.