6,000+ Protesters Arrested, Two Die Following Presidential Election In Belarus

Over the past day, the police detained about 700 people during the protest actions, the press service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs reports. Thus, the number of people detained in Belarus since the election day is more than 6,700 people.

The Ministry of Internal Affairs noted that “the riots in the country have lost their mass character, but the level of aggression towards law enforcement officers remains high.” In total, as a result of unlawful actions on 9-13 August, 103 law enforcement officers were injured, of which 28 were hospitalized.

The police did not report whether there were any victims among the civilian population on 12 August. Over the past day, about 700 people were detained for participating in unauthorized mass events. Taking into account those detained earlier, their number has already exceeded 6,7 thousand people.

Some of them have been released. Last night more than 100 people were released from temporary detention centers in Minsk and Zhodino. Belarus’ investigative committee confirmed the second death since mass protests against vote-rigging in disputed presidential election.

25-year-old Alexander Vikhor died after being detained in Gomel during countrywide protests on 9 August. His mother denied that he was a protester and said that her son had heart problems. He was reportedly held in a police van for hours as his condition deteriorated.

The first fatality was confirmed on Monday, 10 August, when police said a man died after an explosive device detonated in his hand. Many doubted the statement released by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and published videos allegedly showing police opening fire as the man collapses.

Protests continued for a fourth night on Wednesday and continued on Thursday morning. Hundreds of women rallied in different Belarusian cities and towns to protest a brutal police crackdown that has left hundreds of protesters injured and thousands detained.

Doctors, builders and workers supported the women’s peaceful protests. The protesters were also joined by workers from some state-run industrial plants.