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Belarus: People seek information on loved ones at Minsk detention centre amid post-election unrest02:32

Belarus: People seek information on loved ones at Minsk detention centre amid post-election unrest

Belarus, Minsk
August 12, 2020 at 08:48 GMT -00:00 · Published

Relatives and friends of protesters who were detained following the Belarus presidential election gathered outside a Minsk detention centre on Tuesday to gather information on the whereabouts of their loved ones.

The people demanded the Minsk’s Isolation Centre for Offenders give them a list of the arrested protesters.

Since the evening of August 9, protests against the results of the presidential election have continued in Belarus, accompanied by clashes between demonstrators and law enforcement officials.

Belarus’ Investigation Committee (IC) said it had initiated 21 criminal cases "on the facts of mass riots and violence against police officers" on the night of August 9-10. In its statement, the committee also claimed that most of the detainees had been under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

According to official data, about 5,000 people have been detained throughout the country since Sunday’s election.

The Interior Ministry also said that one protester had died on Monday during the demonstrations in Minsk.

According to the country's Central Election Commission, incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko, who has been in power in Belarus since 1994, won the August 9 election with more than 80 percent of the ballots. His closest opponent Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, the wife of Belarusian opposition figure and blogger Sergei Tikhanovsky, received 10.09 percent of the vote. She has since fled the country for Lithuania.

Belarus: People seek information on loved ones at Minsk detention centre amid post-election unrest02:32
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Relatives and friends of protesters who were detained following the Belarus presidential election gathered outside a Minsk detention centre on Tuesday to gather information on the whereabouts of their loved ones.

The people demanded the Minsk’s Isolation Centre for Offenders give them a list of the arrested protesters.

Since the evening of August 9, protests against the results of the presidential election have continued in Belarus, accompanied by clashes between demonstrators and law enforcement officials.

Belarus’ Investigation Committee (IC) said it had initiated 21 criminal cases "on the facts of mass riots and violence against police officers" on the night of August 9-10. In its statement, the committee also claimed that most of the detainees had been under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

According to official data, about 5,000 people have been detained throughout the country since Sunday’s election.

The Interior Ministry also said that one protester had died on Monday during the demonstrations in Minsk.

According to the country's Central Election Commission, incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko, who has been in power in Belarus since 1994, won the August 9 election with more than 80 percent of the ballots. His closest opponent Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, the wife of Belarusian opposition figure and blogger Sergei Tikhanovsky, received 10.09 percent of the vote. She has since fled the country for Lithuania.

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