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The Committee to protect journalists urged Minsk not to interfere with the press in the country

Based in new York, a non-governmental organization "Committee to protect journalists" (CPJ) has called on the Belarusian authorities not to interfere with press to cover events in the country and investigate attacks on them.

According to the Committee, when reporting on the riots attacked the police on Sunday attacked at least four journalists, at least five were arrested. Also on Monday was detained at least three journalists in Hrodna, said the Committee.

"The Belarusian authorities must stop attacking the press, which covers protests, and must ensure that police officers who attack journalists are brought to justice," - said Gulnoza said, program coordinator of CPJ's Europe and Central Asia. According to her, journalists have the right to cover important events in the history of the country, freely and in safety.

The Committee clarifies that was appealed in this regard to the Ministry of internal Affairs of Belarus, but there is not the call was answered.

The ninth of August in Belarus presidential elections were held. According to specified data of the CEC, incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko is gaining 80,08% of the vote. He has led the country for over 26 years.

The evening of 9 August a number of Belarusian cities began mass unauthorized protest. Protesters in Central Minsk erecting barricades out of garbage cans. The militia used against them tear gas, water cannons and stun grenades, and drove the protesters from the city centre.