More than 700 people were arrested in the riots late Wednesday in the context of protests in Minsk and other cities against the re-election of Alexander Lukashenko as President of Belarus.
According to Interior Ministry spokeswoman Olga Chemodanova, quoted by BelTA news agency, clashes between protesters and police were recorded for the fourth time in a row after a call on social networks to block roads and highways.
“The riots have lost their massive character, but the aggression against the security forces remains high,” he said, indicating that 103 police officers have been injured and 28 remain in hospital since election day last Sunday.
Chemodanova said that there were attempts to run over police officers in Minsk and Baranovichi. “The agents used weapons to stop the attackers,” he explained, alluding to the use of real fire. On Tuesday, the uniformed men opened fire on demonstrators, as recognized by the Interior Ministry itself.