Human rights activists have reported the arrest in Minsk of opposition Statkevich

Belarusian opposition politician Mikalay Statkevich was detained in Minsk, said on Sunday the unregistered Belarusian authorities human rights center "Spring".

On Sunday near the Kamarouski market in Minsk held mass pickets in support of the nomination of presidential candidates, several participants of the election campaign, an alternative to the incumbent President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko. The country's presidential elections scheduled for 9 August.

"Around 12.30 it (the Gazprom – ed.) was detained by people in mufti on the way to picket at the Komarivka. He was taken to the Leninski district militia Department of Minsk," - said in a statement on the center's website.

According to the "Spring" on Sunday law enforcement officers detain opposition activists in different cities of the Republic. Including among them the collectors of signatures in support of nomination of a presidential candidate unemployed Svetlana Tikhanovski – wife blogger Sergei Tikhanovski, the CEC refused to participate in the current political campaign. As the human rights center, detained activists of the organizing Committee of the party "Narodnaya Hramada", which is Statkevich. The exact number of detainees is not given. RIA Novosti has no operational review of the Ministry of interior of Belarus for this reason.

Earlier, he and his wife, Maryna Adamovich, had intended to participate in the presidential elections this year, but the CEC did not register the initiative group in support of their nomination of presidential candidates due to breaches of the legislation. Meanwhile, the "Narodnaya Hramada" declared the intention to nominate a number of "protest candidates" in order to give citizens the ability to legally participate in protests during the political campaign.

Central election Commission of Belarus has registered 15 initiative groups to collect signatures in support of nomination of presidential candidates, one contender later refused to participate in the election campaign. Signatures need to collect at least 100 thousand. Registration of candidates will be held from 5 to 14 July. After that starts the period of election campaign.