Pepper gas was sprayed into the air near the riot police cordon near the Independence Palace in Minsk, where the residence of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko is located. This was reported on September 6 by a correspondent from the scene.
It is not yet known what caused the gas spraying and from whose side the special device was used. After that the protesters stepped aside, then came close to the cordon. The gas was sprayed a second time.
At present, buses and vans without license plates approached Lukashenko’s residence, and arrests began. The security guards have already detained 16 people. OMON, Internal Troops and special services workers in civilian clothes are working on the spot.
About a hundred Internal Troops left the residence of the Belarusian president.
Meanwhile, many participants in the thousands of unauthorized protest rallies left the territory near the presidential residence. They headed for the stele “Minsk – Hero City”. It remains one of the most popular gathering points for protesters.
On Sunday, another unauthorized protest action took place in Minsk, which gathered 100 thousand participants. For security reasons, the authorities closed the central metro stations and mobile operators restricted access to the network.
Mass protests have not subsided in Belarus after the August 9 presidential election. According to the CEC, incumbent head of state Alexander Lukashenko won 80.08% of the vote. Svetlana Tikhanovskaya was supported by 10.09% of voters.