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After spontaneous protests in Belarus, a criminal case

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The investigative Committee of Belarus opened a criminal case against the alleged organizers and active participants of the protest held on July 14 in Minsk in support of the unregistered candidates.

The case was initiated under article 342 of the criminal code “on the organization and conduct of group actions, roughly violating public order and interfaced to obvious disobedience to legal requirements of police officers”, reported “BelTA” Deputy head of the Department of insurance in Minsk Andrew Motolko.

To the criminal case will be attached to “all web-hosted videos.”

According to the human rights center “Viasna” on Wednesday morning, the police detained about 200 participants of the natural stock. About three dozen people were arrested in the Brest, Gomel, Grodno, Pruzhany, Bobruisk, Soligorsk, Columns. A similar number cited the Ministry of internal Affairs. “Detained more than 250 people, including drivers and cyclists for disobeying a lawful order or request of an official in the performance of official duties, violation of order of organizing or holding mass events, as well as violation of traffic rules. Most of the violations recorded in Minsk”, – the press-the Secretary of militia Olga Chemodanova.

The Belarusian Association of journalists also reported the arrest of 10 more members of the media who worked on the shares.

On Tuesday evening, supporters of the unregistered presidential candidates Victor Babariko and Valery Tsepkalo went on the Central street of Minsk – Independence Avenue to the Cathedral. Also in the pickets gathered the inhabitants of the “bedroom” areas – Grushevka, Nova Borova. The shares had a specific collection center, with the attempts of the police to detain those demonstrators fled. In social networks reported about the harsh detention of people in the area Nemiga and attempts to beat the detainees. Motorists supported the protesters by signals, which the police blocked a number of streets.

After 22:00 were closed separate metro stations, and some sections of Independence Avenue extinguished the lights.

On the evening of Tuesday the Belarus Ministry of internal Affairs has advised citizens not to succumb to calls to participate in illegal actions, and the environment – not to trust the content in social networks, damaging the police.

On 14 July, the Central election Commission of Belarus has registered five presidential candidates is the incumbent head of state Alexander Lukashenko, a former MP Anna Konopacka, Chairman of the party Belarusian social democratic party Sergei Cerecer, co-chair of the Association “Tell the truth” Andrey Dmitriev and the wife of a detained blogger Sergei Tikhanovski – Svetlana Tikhanovski.

At the same time, Central election Commission of Belarus has not registered opposition leader Valery Tsepkalo. The Commission decided that it could not collect more than 100 thousand valid signatures in his support. In addition, the Declaration on incomes and property of his wife revealed false information. Earlier, the CEC refused to register for elections and former Chairman of the Board of Belgazprombank Viktor Babariko. The Chairman of the Commission referred to the errors in his Declaration, and his campaign foreign organizations.

Himself Victor Babariko together with his son Edward, who was the head of his election headquarters had been arrested. They were charged with money laundering, evasion of taxes in especially large size and bribery. Also as part of the investigation detained about 20 people, including top managers of the Bank, which Victor Babariko headed for almost 20 years.