MINSK, 13 Mar – RIA Novosti. Ten opposition activists were detained on Saturday morning in Minsk, the press service of the police department of the Minsk city executive committee said.
“This morning, officers of the OMON GUVD of the Minsk City Executive Committee detained two groups of protesters,” the press service said in the Minsk police Telegram channel.
It notes that the law enforcement officers had information about an action planned on Miroshnichenko Street in the east of the city, the participants of which were supposed to hang up leaflets of a political nature. “During the development of this territory, five women who took part in the action were detained. They had various leaflets with them. The age of women is 25-40 years old, three of them have already been brought to administrative responsibility for participating in unauthorized mass events,” in the message.
It says that the police also detained five people who, in front of the administration building of the Central District of Minsk, took part in an unsanctioned mass event – picketing using unregistered symbols. “It was established that the detainees were in a local chat, where they agreed to hold unauthorized mass events and discussed the procedure for holding them. Four of the detainees were residents of the Moscow district of the capital, another man who was previously brought to administrative responsibility for participating in an unauthorized mass event came to Minsk for a share from the Dzerzhinsky region, “the message says.
According to the press service, these citizens were taken to the territorial police department of Minsk for further investigation.
After the presidential elections in Belarus on August 9, 2020, in which Alexander Lukashenko won for the sixth time, who, according to the CEC, gained 80.1% of the vote, massive opposition protests began in the country, to suppress which the security forces, among other things, used special means and special equipment. On February 11, the KGB of Belarus announced that the situation in the country had stabilized, the peak of the protests had passed, and their manifestations had practically disappeared. 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 in an unconstitutional way.