More than 500 criminal cases related to protests opened in Belarus

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MINSK, October 27. / TASS /. More than 500 criminal cases were initiated in Belarus in connection with the riots and the consequences of protest actions. This was announced on Tuesday by Andrei Serbun, deputy head of the department of the General Prosecutor's Office of the republic for supervision over the implementation of legislation by the Investigative Committee of Belarus.

“In the past few months, we have seen an increase in the number of criminal cases related to the organization of mass disorders. To date, more than 500 such criminal cases have been initiated,” a representative of the Prosecutor General's Office said on the air of the Belarus-1 TV channel.

Serbun specified that "the overwhelming majority of such criminal cases are related to the events that took place in Minsk."

"In this case, each offender will be identified and his actions will be given an appropriate legal assessment," – said the deputy head of the Prosecutor General's Office. He drew attention to "the radicalization of the protest movements."

"If earlier we observed the so-called peaceful protest movement, then each time it becomes more and more aggressive, the actions of the participants are increasingly associated with violence against law enforcement officers," Serbun said.

Since August 9, when the presidential elections were held in Belarus, mass protests have been taking place in Belarus. According to the CEC, Alexander Lukashenko won the election with 80.10% of the vote. Svetlana Tikhanovskaya took the second place with 10.12%. She did not recognize the results of the voting and initiated the creation of the Coordination Council of the Belarusian opposition, which declared its goal to ensure the transfer of power to the opposition. In the first days, the actions turned into violent clashes between their participants and law enforcement officers.

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