Law enforcement officers of Belarus placed 271 people in temporary detention facilities for participating in unauthorized actions. This is stated in the statement of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the republic published on Monday, December 14.
“In total, 271 people were placed in places of detention of detainees for violation of the legislation on mass events and before the consideration of administrative offenses in court,” the ministry said.
On the morning of December 13, on the eve of the protest, military equipment and transport of security officials arrived in the streets of the Belarusian capital. On this day, the Minsk police department reported the arrest of 300 people.
According to the Belarusian Association of Journalists (BAJ), there are three press workers among the detained.
On December 7, in the course of regular protests in Belarus, more than 340 people were detained. According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, citizens violated the law on public events.
On December 6, two RIA Novosti and Interfax-Zapad correspondents covering the protests in Minsk were detained.
Mass protests have not subsided in Belarus since August 9 after the presidential elections in the country. According to the Central Election Commission, the incumbent President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko won with 80.1% of the vote for the sixth time in a row.
Citizens supporting the opposition took to the streets, and their discontent erupted into massive protests across the country. The voting results were not recognized by the United States and European countries.