Around 100 protesters detained in Minsk

Around 100 protesters detained in Minsk

MINSK, December 20. /TASS/. About 100 people were detained during protests in Minsk on Sunday, spokeswoman for the Minsk police department Natalia Ganusevich said.

"Participants in unauthorized rallies were warned about inadmissibility of illegal action more than once. After that the most active protesters - around 100 people, were detained," she said in a commentary posted on the website of the Minsk police department.

According to Ganusevich, small groups of protesters gathered on Sunday in some of Minsk’s districts. Police, in her words, continue to identify those taking part in unauthorized rallies. They also continue to identify car drivers who "beeped horn with no reasons for that thus violating traffic rules and creating crash situations for other road users."

Protesters gathered in groups of tens to hundreds in a number of Minsk’s dwelling quarters on Sunday. The police tried to stop their movement and disperse the protesters. The second Sunday in the row, the authorities did not close metro stations and block mobile communication during the protests.

According to Belarusian human rights activists, protesters were detained also in Grodno, Vitebsk, Soligorsk, Borisov, Novopolots, and Brest.

According to the Belarusian interior ministry, 270 protesters were detained last Sunday.

Nationwide demonstrations have engulfed Belarus following the August 9 presidential election. According to the Central Election Commission’s official results, incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko won by a landslide, garnering 80.10% of the vote. His closest rival in the race, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, came in second, with 10.12% of the ballot. However, she refused to recognize the election’s outcome, and left Belarus for Lithuania. After the results of the exit polls were announced late on August 9, mass protests erupted in downtown Minsk and other Belarusian cities. During the early post-election period, the rallies snowballed into fierce clashes between the protesters and police. The current unrest is being cheered on by the opposition’s Coordination Council, which has been beating the drum for more protests. In response, the Belarusian authorities have castigated the ongoing turmoil and demanded that these unauthorized demonstrations be stopped. The biggest protests are held in Minsk and a number of other cities on Sundays.

Source: tass.com

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