Belarusian human rights activists said the number of detainees after the pickets

About 80 people, including journalists, were detained in Minsk after the final pre-election pickets, which took place in the framework of election campaign of the President of Belarus, said on Saturday not registered by the authorities of the Republic of the human rights center "Spring".

On Friday evening near the building of Belarusian state Philharmonic society, opposition candidates for the presidency of Belarus Nikolai Kozlov and Olga kovalkova found the last pickets for collection of signatures in their support. Pickets concluded that people in different parts of Minsk were built in the "chain of solidarity", thereby supporting the candidates for the post of President of the Republic, an alternative to the incumbent President Alyaksandr Lukashenka. A few hours after the start of the stock militiamen carried out in the capital a number of arrests. Natural "chain of solidarity" was built in the regions.

In particular, according to the updated information of "Spring" in Minsk were detained about 80 people, including eight journalists and two members of the initiative groups in support of nomination of presidential candidates. Journalists were soon released.

Detention of participants of protest actions were held in other cities of the Republic – Bobruisk, Gomel, Vitebsk, Mogilev, Molodechno, Novopolotsk, Grodno, Orsha and Slutsk.

RIA Novosti has no comment law enforcement bodies of Belarus for this reason.

Presidential elections are scheduled in Belarus on August 9, the evening of June 19, completed the stage of collecting signatures in support of nomination of candidates for the highest office. During this election campaign alternative Lukashenko candidates mainly collected signatures by pickets, some of them people lined up to support the nomination of a candidate. At the same time, according to human rights defenders, dozens of activists were detained and subjected to administrative arrests or fines for violating the order of holding mass events.

In June, Lukashenko called it unacceptable that his opponents have turned the collection of signatures in unauthorized, according to him, rallies in violation of the laws and norms of morality. At the meeting this Friday, he said that "intensified certain forces which begin to intensificate, rocking the situation in the country" and asked them to choose between democratic and military solutions to the situation.