Over 50 people detained in Minsk, among them Belsat journalists

They were standing in line for the KGB, reports the human rights center Viasna.

Yesterday, the riot police detained about 50 people. Some of them came to the KGB building to file a petition together with Viktar Babaryka’s headquarters to change his preventive measure. However, the authorities considered the line to be an unauthorized rally and began to detain people.

Riot police and the line. Photo: Alisa Hanchar / Belsat.eu

In addition to visitors, journalists of Belarusian and foreign publications – Belsat, TUT.by, BelaPAN, TASS and Reuters – were also detained.

A few hours later most of the detainees were released even without interviewing or drawing up a report. However, a protocol under Article 23.34 of the Code of Administrative Infringements was drawn up for Yury Korzun, while Artsyom Karnes was sent to the detention center for the night.

On 28 July at 4 p.m. Viktar Babaryka’s headquarters filed petitions for personal guarantee to the KGB. In this regard, the election team representatives appealed to citizens to sign the document, a sample of which was posted on the website of the politician, and then hand it over to the State Security Committee.

Viktar Babaryka has been behind bars since June 18. And on July 24th he had the charges changed: he did not give a bribe, but received it. He is charged under Part 2 of Article 235 (money laundering), Part 2 of Article 243 (tax evasion, which led to large scale damage).