In Minsk formed a queue wanting to support presidential candidates
Wishing to keep up on current elections with their signatures, applicants for a post of the President of Belarus, an alternative to the incumbent, Alexander Lukashenko, stand in line at the pickets in Minsk and other cities of the Republic for several hours.
Presidential elections in Belarus scheduled for 9 August. On 19 June the initiative group has the right to collect signatures for nomination of candidates for the presidency, such groups now 14. Each of them needs to collect at least 100 thousand signatures.
In Minsk the most massive collection of signatures started at 12.00 (same as GMT) on Sunday near the Kamarouski market, the live broadcast of the pickets are some Belarusian media. As reported by the Belarusian Helsinki Committee and registered by the Belarusian authorities human rights center "Spring", already an hour and a half after the action began in turn gathered more than 2,100 people. Itself the line stretched at least a kilometer. Six and a half hours after the start of picketing in the center of Minsk continues with a large number of participants. Mass pickets with queues observed on Sunday in several other Belarusian cities, including Brest, Grodno, Vitebsk, Gomel.
Mostly citizens Express support for unemployed Svetlana Tikhanovski, which earlier decided to run for President on the background of the fact that her husband, blogger Sergei Tikhanovski, the CEC refused to participate in a political campaign. Also near the Kamarouski market is the collection of signatures in support of nomination of candidates, the ex-Chairman of the Board of Belgazprombank Viktor Babariko, the former head of the high-tech Park Valery Tsepkalo, and several other participants in the political campaign.
Meanwhile, according to human rights activists, on Sunday police detained throughout the country at least 20 activists, including collecting signatures in support of nomination Tikhanovski and opposition politician Mikalay Statkevich, who were sent on picket to the Komarovsky market. The interior Ministry does not comment.
Pickets for collection of signatures in Belarus allowed to 22.00 local time.
Earlier, Lukashenko visited the Minsk tractor plant, where he talked with the team. Answering one of the questions he 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" he added that he knows "whose machines he drives, who are financing" and "what's his citizenship." Ex-banker Babariko Lukashenko advised to think where he will work after the elections. And with respect to Tsepkalo, who previously also worked as the assistant to the Belarusian leader, Lukashenko said that he "cunning" and does not mention the real reason for his dismissal.