In Minsk, on the night of August 10, during the dispersal of the protests, the Belarusian law enforcers beat the journalist of Associated Press, Ukrainian Mstyslav Chernov, as Head of the National Union of the Journalists of Ukraine Serhiy Tomilenko reported on Facebook.
“Ukrainian Mstyslav Chernov was beaten by the Belarusians law enforcers during the dispersal of the protests in Minsk on the night of August 10. At least 15 journalists, according to the data of the independent Belarusian Association of journalists, were detained by the law enforcers on Sunday, the day of the presidential elections in Belarus,” Tomilenko said.
Besides, Independent reported that shortly before midnight Chernov was hospitalized with the suspicion in concussion after beating by the special forces.
“The National Union of the Journalists of Ukraine expresses solidarity with Mstyslav Chernov and dozens of Belarusian journalists who, despite the risks, carry out their professional duty and inform about the situation in Belarus. We urge the authorities of Belarus not to use force against mass media workers and do not prosecute the colleagues for the journalist activity,” the message said.
On August 9, the clashes of the protesters with the la enforcers started in Minsk. The law enforcers used stun grenades and water cannons against the protesters. Besides, according to the witnesses, about 11:10 p.m., the prison track ran into a group of people standing at the carriageways. Later, it was reported that a man died during the protests. A young man received a fatal head injury. According to the Belarusian Interior Ministry, no deceased observed during the protests.
Besides Minsk, the protests took place in eight cities of Belarus – Lida, Baranovichi, Brest, Grodno, Zhodino, Zhlobino, Pinsk, Kobrin.
The presidential elections took place in Belarus the same day. According to the results of the national exit poll, current president Alexander Lukashenko gains 79.7%. Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya is supported by 6.8% of people.
Meanwhile, foreign polling stations reported that Svetlana Tsikhanouskaya won.