In Minsk, security officials obstructed the movement of demonstrators to the elite cottage village Drozdy, where the country's leadership lives. Riot police blocked the road near the Arena City shopping center. There are about 10 paddy wagons, to which the security forces are already taking the detainees, Interfax reports.
Security officials also fired shots into the air. As the agency explains, this happened after "one of the thousands of columns gathered near the cordon and the number of protesters began to grow rapidly." There is no information about the nature of the weapons and the victims.
Mobile Internet is disabled in the capital of Belarus. Correspondent of the Belsat TV channel Artiom Lyava has been detained in Minsk, reports the Belsat Telegram channel.
Protest actions in Minsk are accompanied by mass arrests. About 250 people were detained in different parts of the capital. This was stated by the press secretary of the Ministry of Internal Affairs Olga Chemodanova, BelTA informs.
Protests are also taking place in other cities of Belarus - in Vitebsk, Brest, Grodno and Mogiliov. There are also security forces detaining demonstrators. In Brest, security forces used water cannons against people. After that, the arrests began.
In Zhodino, police major hit a woman in the face when she approached him holding a mobile phone. The woman fell from the blow. The incident took place after a verbal skirmish, writes Tut.by.
In Minsk, Oktyabrskaya Square is fenced with barbed wire and cordoned off by security forces with weapons. At least one convoy of police special equipment is parked in the center of the city; security officials with shields were seen in this area.