MINSK, February 14 – RIA Novosti. Participants of the concert near Minsk on Saturday evening were detained for violating the order of organizing and holding mass events, the press service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Belarus said on Sunday.
The human rights center Viasna, previously unregistered by the Belarusian authorities, reported that police detained 67 people who participated in a public rehearsal of several musicians at the Ogonyok recreation center in the Sokol village of the Smolevichi district near Minsk on Saturday evening. Human rights activists stated that both musicians and spectators were detained. According to the report, late in the evening on February 13, a concert of the Belarusian groups “Broken Heart of a Boy”, Panska Moc, Ok-Band, Lear was supposed to take place, but it was interrupted by the arrival of the police.
“Yesterday evening, police officers crossed an unauthorized mass event using bchb-symbols (traditional for the opposition white-red-white symbols – ed.): Activists of destructive telegram channels gathered under the guise of a music party at the health center near Smolevichi. In total, 68 people were arrested , including minors, “the press service said in the department's Telegram channel.
It notes that “protocols have been drawn up against adults for violating the procedure for organizing or holding mass events, while parents of detained adolescents are being checked on the fact of their failure to fulfill their responsibilities for raising children.”
According to the press service, at the moment ten people have been released – minors and those who have minors as their dependents – the rest are being investigated.
“It is known that the participants in the” concert “drank alcohol, one of the girls could be intoxicated, she was taken for a medical examination,” the message says.
After the presidential elections held in Belarus on August 9, in which Alexander Lukashenko won for the sixth time, who, according to the CEC, gained 80.1% of the vote, mass opposition protests began in the country, which, among other things, were suppressed by the security forces with the use of special means. Protest actions continue to this day, but they are local in nature, the number of their participants has significantly decreased. Earlier in Belarus, there were several cases of police suppression of courtyard concerts, when protesters held meetings in their districts, and Belarusian music and other creative groups came to them with free performances in the courtyards.
In Belarus, criminal cases have been initiated against a number of opposition leaders, including calls for the seizure of power, the creation of an extremist group, and a conspiracy to seize state power by unconstitutional means.
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