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Human rights activists said nine detainees at the picket in Grodno

Not registered by the Belarusian authorities human rights center "Viasna" reported that on Friday, at the picket to collect signatures, which was held in Grodno, in addition to blogger Sergei Tikhanovski were detained nine people.

Earlier tikhanovski said that he was going to participate in the presidential elections in Belarus, which is scheduled for August 9, but was unable to register the initiative group for collecting signatures in support of his candidacy, because at that time he was serving an administrative arrest and could not personally sign the documents for submission to the CEC. Meanwhile, the initiative group registered Tikhanovski wife Svetlana, and now she's running for President. The blogger himself is the head of its initiative group.

RIA Novosti has no operational review of the Ministry of internal Affairs of Belarus regarding the detention Tikhanovski and his supporters.

Meanwhile, the situation on the picket in Grodno said on the air of state TV channel "Belarus 1". In particular, as noted by the presenter, from the first minute this petition turned into a rally and campaign rally to hold at this stage of the election campaign in the Republic is prohibited.

"At the same time basic questions for voters to answer "collector" would not, in the end, this way of communicating with people turned into a brawl. Tried to restore order, the police were in the midst of a fight, which is staged in the square, one of the police officers were attacked," - noted in the air.

On Friday the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko visited the Minsk tractor plant, where he talked with the team. Answering one of the questions Lukashenko spoke about his rivals in the presidential election and expressed doubt that the electoral campaign can defeat a woman. Speaking of Tikhanovski, the President called him "mangy" which "here goes, screaming in Minsk and in other cities". At the same time Lukashenko noted that he knows "whose machines he drives, who his finances". According to the head of state, he is aware also, came tikhanovski and "what's his citizenship."