Detentions of protesters began in the center of Minsk. Stun grenades reported
The Belarusian police detain people who went to a protest rally in the center of Minsk. The Belsat TV channel reports on the clashes between the security forces and demonstrators on Pobediteley Avenue. According to the channel, about two thousand people gathered there.
“MBH Media” reports with reference to its correspondent that about five thousand protesters have gathered on Pobediteley Avenue near the “Minsk – Hero City” stela.
Tut.by reports with reference to eyewitnesses that in the area of the avenue the security forces are using stun grenades.
Clashes on Pobediteley Avenue are also reported by TASS. According to him, “about 300 young people gathered there, some of them were detained.”
In the center of Minsk, the pedestrian part of Independence Avenue, the main street of the city, is blocked. Several metro stations are closed.
In other cities of Belarus – in particular, in Brest, Vitebsk and Mogilev – the police also detain and disperse the protesters. There was information that tear gas was used in Brest.
Protests take place after the end of voting in the presidential elections in Belarus. According to the first official data, Alexander Lukashenko, who is running for a sixth term, is gaining about 80% of the vote.