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Belarus: Government bans sale of fireworks amid post-election violence01:02

Belarus: Government bans sale of fireworks amid post-election violence

Belarus, Brest
August 12, 2020 at 12:42 GMT -00:00 · Published

Belarus government banned wholesale and retail trade of pyrotechnics on Tuesday amid the mass unrest following Sunday’s presidential election.

Protesters have aimed fireworks at police during the demonstrations, including in Brest overnight on Monday.

Since Sunday evening, mass protests have taken place in several Belarusian cities against the presidential vote results.

Belarus’ Investigative 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: Government bans sale of fireworks amid post-election violence01:02
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Belarus government banned wholesale and retail trade of pyrotechnics on Tuesday amid the mass unrest following Sunday’s presidential election.

Protesters have aimed fireworks at police during the demonstrations, including in Brest overnight on Monday.

Since Sunday evening, mass protests have taken place in several Belarusian cities against the presidential vote results.

Belarus’ Investigative 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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