On July 14, the Central Election Commission didn’t register two most popular alternative candidates Viktor Babariko and Valery Tsepkalo as presidential candidates. In the evening, numerous protests were held around Belarus, more than 250 people were detained. Today, people lined up at the CEC to file a complaint against the decision. At about 4 pm, police officers and police detention vehicles appeared next to the CEC.
Earlier Viktor Babariko’s team stated that they will “undertake all actions to appeal the decision and ensure fair elections.”
“We are convinced that this decision has nothing to do with fair elections, inplementation of the Electoral Code, equal rights to vote, respect to the suffrage of citizens of the Republic of Belarus. But every citizen can take action: we need fair elections and we need a million complaints,” the statement reads.
On 15 July, people lined up at the Central Election Committee (CEC) to file a complaint about the refusal to register two leading opposition candidates for the presidency. Viktor Babariko’s representatives who visited Kastryčnickaja Płošča to file a complaint were greeted with cheers and applause.
Sergey Cherechen, registered as candidates for the presidency of Belarus, also visited the square to file an application for protests. Another presidentail candidate Andrey Dmitriev held a “walk of solidarity” and handed out postcards that people can send to political prisoners.
At some point the line reached about two kilometers. People indignantly discussed yesterday’s violence against peaceful protesters. Many admitted that they were also there. They said that if they do not have time to file complaints today, they will come again tomorrow.
Shortly after the end of the comission’s workday at 7pm, police urged people to disperse and started to detain those who ignored the warning. Praspiekt Niezaliežnasci as well as several other streets were partially blocked, several metro stations closed and local journalists detained.
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