Human rights activists reported a 17 detained in Belarus activists
At least 17 opposition supporters detained in Belarus on Friday during the independence Day celebration, reported Saturday not registered by the authorities of the Republic of the human rights center "Spring".
Earlier, the interior Ministry of Belarus said that the law enforcement officers during the independence Day celebration will suppress any provocations, including those of a political nature, in accordance with applicable law.
"The third of July, celebrating Independence Day. In different social networks people are urged to go on the main streets of the city and to Express my disagreement with the way the election campaign in Belarus. Police began to detain some people. Only July 3 in Belarus were detained at least 17 people", - stated in the message on the center's website.
It also specifies that the detention took place in Gomel, Bridges, Borisov, Brest, Minsk, Molodechno and Mogilev. RIA Novosti is not currently featuring a review of law enforcement on this issue.
In Belarus, the campaign for the presidential election, the elections scheduled for 9 August. The campaign was accompanied with arrests on the picket lines and protest rallies of supporters of the presidential contenders, an alternative to the current Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko.
The interior Ministry reported that most of the detentions are connected with violation of legislation on mass events and the organization of actions violating public order, but human rights organizations see this as a political motive. Most of the detainees are punished fines and administrative detention. With more than two dozen people, including politicians, bloggers and opposition activists are under investigation in criminal cases, they are recognized as human rights defenders as political prisoners.