Riots in Belarus continue as people demand the government should recount the votes cast throughout the presidential election in the nation. The police cordoned off the middle of Minsk, where clashes took place the day before. To disperse the protesters, army special forces were involved.People started gathering in teams near subway stations in different areas of the city. One of the very first serious clashes took place on Kalvariyskaya Street, in which the protesters blocked traffic. Riot police used sound grenades and rubber bullets . One of the bullets wounded a journalist of Nasha Niva book, Natalya Lubnevskaya, in the leg.The editor-in-chief of the book, Yegor Martinovich, disappeared in Minsk which night. He had been returning home in his car later covering the protests and was able to send an SOS signal to the editorial office. Tatiana Kapitonova, a photojournalist of Belsat TV station, was concussed through the dispersal in Minsk. The whereabouts of Rossiya Segodnya photojournalist Ilya Pitalev stay unknown too. Clashes with the authorities took place near Yubileinaya Hotel, where up to 15 people were arrested. Flash-noise grenades were used against protesters around Pobediteley Avenue, close to the Pushkinskaya metro station, also in the region of the Riga shopping center, where folks set up barricades.Towards nightfall, a substantial part of the protesters – about 3,000 people – found themselves close to the Pushkinskaya metro station, which became a significant centre of their public protest. People started building barricades, shooting began, snipers were spotted. A bus driver was severely wounded and a guy was murdered in the region in the course of the riots. Representatives of the Ministry of the Internal Affairs of Belarus explained that an unidentified device exploded into his hands.According to local press reports, special powers of the internal troops utilized unreasonably brutal force when detaining the protesters, who at first were behaving peacefully without showing any resistance. But, they later started erecting barricades and burning car tires. In the region of Pushkinskaya metro station, they started throwing Molotov cocktails and firecrackers at particular forces. Motorists started linking the protests, deliberately obstructing traffic on the streets causing the middle, to not allow military hardware there. On the other hand, the riot police started using ER vehicles  to reach the protesters disguised as doctors.Protests took place in a number of other Belarusian cities and have been dispersed by riot police. Protesters were arrested in cities of Mogilev, Vitebsk, Grodno, Bobruisk, Lida, Gorki, Molodechno, Baranovichi. The actions of the special forces were particularly brutal in the town of Brest, in which the authorities opened fire shooting rubber bullets at the audience.
It had been reported that many of the protesters were taken away from the scene in police vans and then published in additional region of the city. Nevertheless, there are lots of detainees, and there isn’t any official details on this issue. Investigations are conducted into riots, hooliganism, resistance and violence against police officers. More than 80 people were arrested as part of their investigation. Most of the detainees are primarily young men aged 20-25; a few of these were drunk or under the influence of drugs at the time of the arrest. Videos which appeared on the Internet showed the footage of protesters ramming their cars into the riot police, running the officers and driving away. Citizens of Belarus took to the streets and organized massive unauthorized action of protest on Sunday and Monday. The protesters are furious about the results of the presidential election in the nation, which incumbent head of state Alexander Lukashenko won in a landslide victory, since the Central Electoral Committee of Belarus says. Tikhanovskaya’s headquarters said that they don’t recognize the outcome of the CEC: according to her representatives, info from polling stations in all regions of the republic reveal that Svetlana Tikhanovskaya gained 70-80 percent. On Tuesday morning, it became known that Tikhanovskaya had been made to leave Belarus for Lithuania. Continue reading

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