OMON riot police dispersed people on Pushkin Square in Minsk, where an impromptu memorial was created at the site of the death of one of the protesters, Euroradio reports on August 11.
It is reported that 20 riot police officers participated in the dispersal of the spontaneous demonstration. On August 11, people with flowers came to the place where the demonstrator was killed.
The man died late in the evening on August 10. This happened when the security forces fired flashbang grenades at the protesters. According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, an unknown explosive device exploded in the hands of a demonstrator.
There were about 200 people gathered, three people were detained, TASS also notes. Several dozen people, who are still at the memorial, are asked by the riot police to leave the square.
Protests erupted in Minsk and a number of cities of the country after the presidential elections in Belarus on August 9. Earlier on the same day, it was reported that in the direction of the center of the Belarusian capital, where the protests have been going on for several days, on Independence Avenue, foot columns of riot militia followed – internal troops were also drawn there, although the roads had not yet been blocked.
On August 9, presidential elections were held in Belarus. According to the latest data from the Central Election Commission, the incumbent head of state Alexander Lukashenko won 80.08% of the vote, opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya was supported by 10.09% of voters. Tikhanovskaya’s headquarters did not recognize the results of the vote.
After the announcement of the preliminary results, unauthorized protests began in Minsk and other cities of Belarus, which resumed in the evening of August 10. Both civilians and security officials suffered.