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Human rights activists: rallies in Belarus detained more than a hundred people

More than a hundred people arrested across Belarus on unauthorized protests after the refusal in registration of candidates in presidents Victor Babariko and Valery Tsepkalo, follows from the data of the unregistered Belarusian authorities human rights center "Viasna".

In Belarus, the campaign for the presidential election. CEC on Tuesday registered five presidential candidates, while two candidates were denied registration – eks-the head of Belgazprombank, Babariko and the former head of administration of the Park of high technologies Tsepkalo. In social networks and Telegram channels began to spread calls for a protest to take to the streets to Express disagreement with the decision of the CEC. Around 20.00 MSK protesters began to detain the police.

In particular, according to the "Spring", most of the detainees to the present time in Minsk – more than 70, detentions were held in Gomel, Brest, Pruzhany, Salihorsk, Babruysk. Among the detainees are the members of the media.

As can be seen from posted videos, in Minsk people initially came to the Avenue of Independence, in this regard, some sections of the Avenue were closed. It was later also blocked the prospectus of Winners. For participants in unauthorized actions observed by the police, along the Avenue was a parked police vans and paddy wagons.

At the same time near Victory square, where it was most crowded, there were several fights protesters with riot police, people have to scatter, but some were detained. Scuffle with riot police were on the Nemiga. There, protesters lined up on the stairs from the Cathedral to the bus stop, while chanting "militia with the people". According to human rights activists, on the Nemiga, was detained about 20 people.

In different districts of Minsk, people lined up in the "chain of solidarity". Due to the crowds some of the underground stations in the capital were closed much ahead of time.

RIA Novosti has no comment from the interior Ministry of Belarus regarding the arrests. However, earlier on Tuesday, the interior Ministry urged residents of the Republic not to succumb to coming from abroad, calls to participate in unauthorized mass events.

Elections in Belarus scheduled for 9 August, the acting head of state Alexander Lukashenko is running for a sixth term. Passing the campaign was accompanied by arrests of supporters of candidates for President, an alternative to Lukashenko. As reported, the interior Ministry, mainly 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. More than 20 people, including politicians and bloggers, are under investigation in criminal cases, they are recognized as human rights defenders as political prisoners.