In Belarus, arrests of opposition members who staged anti-government protests took place in various cities of the country, as RBC reports.
“Over 40 people were detained in Minsk. In addition, there are detainees in Bobruisk, Gomel, Vitebsk, Mogilev, Grodno and Novopolotsk,” Belarusian human rights center Viasna said.
The arrests occurred when Belarusians came to "solidarity events" against the detention of activists and politicians during the presidential election campaign in Gomel, Grodno, Mogilev, Vitebsk, Bobruisk, Baranovichi and Minsk.
Among the detainees in Minsk were journalists of Radio Liberty and Reuters. Press Secretary of the Belarusian Ministry of Internal Affairs Olga Chemodanova did not explain the reasons for their detention, but promised that they would be released after the check.
Meanwhile, two potential presidential candidates in Belarus - head of the For Freedom movement Yuri Gubarevich and musician Alexander Tabolich - refused to continue participating in the election campaign, the news agency reported citing Belarusian media.
As we reported before, President of Belarus Alexandr Lukashenko accused his main political rival Viktor Babariko of corruption.