Dozens of people are arrested during a protest in Minsk after the list of presidential candidates was announced

At least thirty people were arrested Tuesday in Minsk, the capital of Belarus, during a series of riots following the protests sparked by the official presidential candidate list, which opponents Viktor Babariko and Valery Tsepkalo.

The people who have taken to the streets in the capital and other parts of the country have shown their anger and indignation at the decision of the Central Election Commission (KEK) and the arrest of opponents and political rivals of the current president. Alexander Lukashenko.

The arrests are said to have started in Minsk after dark after a group of demonstrators clashed with security forces after Independence Avenue was blocked, according to the BDG Delovaya Gazeta newspaper.

Dozens of people are arrested during a protest in Minsk after the list of presidential candidates was announced
Dozens of people are arrested during a protest in Minsk after the list of presidential candidates was announced

Many protesters and human rights defenders have warned that the election situation does not meet international standards, although they believe that both Babariko and Tsepkalo were the only candidates who could have faced Lukashenko, who has been in power since 1994.

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