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About 3 Thousand People Detained During Protests In Belarus

About 3 Thousand People Detained During Protests In Belarus

About 3 thousand people were detained in Belarus for participating in unauthorized mass actions on August 9, according to the press service of the Ministry of internal Affairs of the Republic.

"On the night of August 9-10, 2020, the country recorded hotbed gatherings of citizens in the area of polling stations and Central squares in 33 localities. In total, about 3 thousand people were detained in the country for participating in unauthorized mass events. There are about a thousand of them in Minsk and more than two in other regions of the Republic, " the Ministry of Internal Affairs said in a statement.

The Agency also reported that more than 50 citizens and 39 law enforcement officers were injured during the August 9 protests in Belarus, but there were no fatalities. It is claimed that "no military weapons were used against violators."

On August 9, Belarus held presidential elections in which, according to preliminary data from the CEC of the Republic, the current head of state Alexander Lukashenko won 80.23% of the vote, and his primary rival Svetlana Tikhanovskaya - 9.9%.

After the announcement of the official preliminary results of the elections on Sunday evening, protests began in Minsk and other cities of Belarus, which were suppressed by law enforcement officers.

Human rights activists report one dead and dozens injured.

Tikhanovski called unacceptable what happened on the night in Minsk, she called unacceptable. She noted that the headquarters receives conflicting information about the victims. If the data on deaths are confirmed, "it will be the beginning of the end," said Tikhanovski. She stressed that she is in favor of peaceful changes.

Chief of staff Tikhanovski Maria Kolesnikova noted that the center is ready for the long protests.