Belarussian media report new detentions after Minsk rally

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Several Belarusian media outlets reported on the arrests after the rally in the center of Minsk. Radio Svaboda and the NEXTA Live Telegram channel spoke about their work during the detention of people in civilian clothes. The exact number of those detained is unknown.

The Belarusian media reported on the evening of August 16 about arrests in different districts of Minsk after a rally in the city center. Portal TUT.BY wrote in Telegram that about 15 paddy wagons, several buses and minibuses, as well as other equipment drove along Independence Avenue towards Uruchya.

“Readers report that in several districts of Minsk they are detaining people leaving the meeting,” TUT.BY reports.

“Minsk. Information that people leaving the mass rally in the center of Minsk are somehow detained is confirmed. Detentions take place both in the city center and on the outskirts in the courtyards of houses,” “Euroradio”.

Telegram channel NEXTA Live reported that near the GUM in Minsk people in civilian clothes had detained several people.

“It is reported that near the capital’s GUM” Chihari “seized several people, dragged them into a bus and took them away in an unknown direction,” the message says.

“And the detentions continue. Near the Central District Department of Internal Affairs, two civilians took the guy away”, – reported by NEXTA Live.

Radio Svaboda confirmed information about the participation in the detention of people in civilian clothes.

“Several people have just been put into this minibus without license plates. In the blink of an eye, men in civilian clothes caught several young people near the GUM,” the journalists said.

The exact number of those detained is currently unknown.

On the eighth day of protests in Belarus on August 16 hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets Minsk and other Belarusian cities. Two rallies were held in Minsk. One is on the Independence Square in support of the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, and the other is protesting at the stele “Minsk – Hero City” on Pobediteley Avenue.

Lukashenka said that at his rally more than 50 thousand people came… In his speech, he accused NATO of deploying troops near the borders of Belarus, spoke about the absence of election fraud and rejected the possibility of a new vote in the country. The TUT.BY edition reported that the authorities forcibly gathered their “supporters” for an action.

After the pro-government rally opposition rally began… According to TUT.BY estimates, about 200 thousand people came to it.

Early voting in the presidential elections took place in Belarus from 4 to 8 August, and the main one took place on 9 August. Five candidates ran for president. 14 August CEC announced the final results of the presidential elections… According to official data, Lukashenka won with 80.1% of voters. Opposition candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya took second place with 10.1% of the vote. The rest of the candidates gained less than 2%. At the same time, alternative exit polls showed the opposite picture – a confident victory for Tikhanovskaya.

The elections in Belarus were held without independent international observers. After the closure of polling stations on August 9, protests began in several cities that continue to this day.

Labor collectives of the largest Belarusian enterprises have joined the action. The protesters accuse the authorities of rigging the elections. To disperse the protesters, the security forces used special equipment, in particular in Minsk they used stun grenades, rubber bullets and water cannons.

During the protests, about 7 thousand demonstrators were detained (according to official data, more than 2 thousand of them have already been released). At least two protesters are known to have died, hundreds of people were injured.

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