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13 August 2020, 11:40

Internal Affairs Ministry: Measures taken to protect law and order in Belarus

MINSK, 13 August (BelTA) - The Ministry of Internal Affairs continues to take the necessary measures, within its competence, to protect law and order and to ensure public safety in the country, official representative of the Ministry of Internal Affairs Olga Chemodanova said in her Telegram channel, BelTA has learned.

Yesterday, various Internet resources posted calls to block street traffic. In Minsk there were attempts to block traffic in Independence Avenue near the TsUM department store, in the Malinovka and Serebryanka neighborhoods, in Surganova Street and other places. This caused interruptions in the work of public transport.

About 700 people have been detained for participation in the riots. The protests in the country have lost steam but the level of aggression against law enforcement officers remains high. A total of 103 law enforcement officers were injured as a result of illegal actions of citizens on 9-13 August, 28 of them were hospitalized. Vehicle-ramming attacks on traffic policemen were repeated in Minsk and in Baranovichi yesterday. Law enforcement officers used weapons to stop the perpetrators. The riot police detained two young men, aged 18 and 19, who were making Molotov cocktails in Minsk.

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