The interior Ministry of Belarus denied the detention of the protesters in Minsk on 16 August

The Ministry of internal Affairs of Belarus denies arrest of protesters in Minsk, after the protest on August 16. About the speaker of the Ministry of internal Affairs Olga Chemodanova said in comments to Russian news Agency TASS.

In her words, “in the operational-duty service information on arrests on Sunday, no.”

About detentions on the evening of August 16 reported by several Belarusian mass media. The portal TUT.BY with reference to the readers wrote that in several districts of Minsk detained at odds with meeting people. Euroradio reported that people detained in the centre or on the outskirts of the city in the courtyards of houses. Radio Svaboda reported that several of the detainees put on a bus without number plates.

From the 4th to the 8th of August took place in Belarus early voting for presidential elections and the August 9th primary. For President ran five candidates. On 14 August, the CEC announced the final results of presidential elections. According to official figures, won by Lukashenko, who voted for 80.1% of the voters. Second place with 10.1% of votes were opposition candidate Svetlana Tikhanovski. The other candidates received less than 2%. At the same time, alternative exit polls showed the opposite pattern – a landslide victory Tikhanovski.

Elections were held in Belarus without independent international observers. After the polls closed on 9 August in several cities the protests began, which lasts to the present day. The stock joined the labor collectives of the largest Belarusian enterprises. Protesters accuse the authorities of rigging the election. To disperse the protesters, security forces used non-lethal weapons, in particular in Minsk they used stun grenades, rubber bullets and water cannons.

During the protests, was detained about 7 thousand demonstrators (according to official data, more than 2 thousand of them already released), hundreds were injured and wounded.

16 August in Minsk was held a rally in support of Lukashenko. Nand it was made by the President himself. He accused NATO of placing troops on the borders of Belarus, and also claimed that election fraud was not, and rejected the possibility of a new vote in the country. Lukashenko said that the meeting involved more than 50 thousand people. Edition TUT.BY reported that the authorities forcibly collected their supporters for action.

After a Pro-government rally began the opposition action. People demanded the resignation of President Alexander Lukashenko, presidential re-elections, release of political prisoners and detained protesters, compensation for victims from the actions of the security forces and cessation of violence. According to estimates TUT.BY she came about 200 thousand people. Toward evening they began to disperse.

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