In the center of Minsk, in connection with the protest action announced by the Belarusian opposition, military trucks for the transport of personnel, paddy wagons and a water cannon moved. This was announced on Sunday, November 29, by a TASS correspondent.
According to the agency, the convoy left the Uruchye microdistrict, where the special forces of the internal troops of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Belarus are based, and headed along Independence Avenue. Also, special equipment was noticed in other parts of the Belarusian capital, including on Partizansky Avenue.
According to the correspondent, in the area of Independence Square and the streets that are nearby, a water cannon, paddy wagons, as well as buses with riot police are parked. Representatives of the Belarusian security forces took control of the State Flag Square, Oktyabrskaya Square. In addition, patrols with weapons were seen at the “Minsk – Hero City” stela.
“In order to ensure the safety of passengers at the entrance and exit, the metro stations Ploshchad Pobedy, Oktyabrskaya, Ploschad Yakub Kolas, Kupalovskaya, Nemiga are closed. Trains run without stopping at these stations, ”the press service of the Minsk metro said in its Telegram channel.
In turn, the Belarusian telecom operator A1 on its page in Twitter announced a reduction in the bandwidth of the mobile Internet “in accordance with the order of the authorized state bodies.”
The presidential elections in Belarus were held on August 9. According to the Central Election Commission, Lukashenka won with 80.1% of the vote for the sixth time in a row. Those who disagreed with this outcome took to the streets, and citizen discontent spilled over into mass protests across the country. The voting results were not recognized in the US and EU.
Former presidential candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya initiated the creation of a Coordinating Council for the transfer of power in Belarus. Later she left for Lithuania.
Belarusian law enforcement agencies have opened a criminal case on the establishment of the council. According to Lukashenka, the emergence of alternative government bodies in the country is unacceptable and will be punished according to the law.