During unauthorized protest actions in Belarus on August 29, 29 people were detained. This was announced on Sunday, August 30, by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the republic.
“42 centers of political activity of citizens were registered, in which more than 8,500 people participated. <...> In total, as a result of the investigations carried out by the internal affairs bodies, 35 violations of the legislation on mass events were documented in the republic, 29 people were detained before the consideration of cases on administrative violations in court, ”the ministry said in a statement.
It is specified that the protest actions took place in 24 settlements of the country. In particular, about 4 thousand people took part in the “women’s grand march”.
Participants of the action with white-red-white flags, umbrellas and flowers in their hands walked from Victory Square towards Independence Square. They spoke in support of the victims of the violent dispersal of the rallies and against the recognition of the results of the presidential elections in Belarus. The event was also joined by a member of the presidium of the opposition coordinating council Maria Kolesnikova.
A day earlier, 32 people were detained. The republic’s Interior Ministry called the protest actions on 28 August not crowded.
On the morning of August 30, the media reported about the gathering of riot policemen and soldiers of the internal troops, covered military trucks for transporting personnel, as well as transport vehicles to the center of Minsk. At 14:00 (Moscow time) the opposition forces intend to hold a protest at the Government House on Independence Square in the city center.
Mass protests in Belarus have not stopped since August 9. On that day, presidential elections were held. According to the Central Election Commission, Alexander Lukashenko won over 80% of the vote.
Citizens who refused to recognize the official election results began to take to the streets. They faced opposition from security officials. There are casualties on both sides, and several civilians have died. On August 29, the Belarusian opposition announced its intention to create its own political movement in the country.