Eastern Europe

344 people detained at demonstrations in Belarus

13:05, 07 December 2020
344 people detained at demonstrations in Belarus Photo: Viktor Tolochko/RIA Novosti

The Belarus Interior Ministry detained 344 people during protest rallies on Dec. 6, RIA Novosti reports.

All detainees are charged with violating the legislation on participation in uncoordinated mass events. Some of the detainees have already been accused of such violations.

In total, 344 people were detained until the consideration of administrative offenses in court, the ministry said.

The Belarusian Interior Ministry noted that the number of protest rallies and their scale in the country is gradually decreasing.

Protests in Belarus have been going on since early August. The reason is the official results of the presidential elections. The protesters disagree with the re-election of Alexander Lukashenko. They are confident that the results were falsified and that the real winner was the united opposition candidate Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya. The protesters demand Lukashenko’s resignation and new elections.

The Special Purpose Police Detachment (OMON) of Belarus and the Main Directorate for Combating Organized Crime and Corruption (MDCOCC) of the Belarusian Internal Affairs Ministry will be recognized as terrorist organizations, the leader of the Belarusian opposition Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya said earlier, NEWS.ru reported earlier.