MINSK, January 11 (Itar-Tass) - Police in Minsk have established the identities of more than 120 people who took an active part in mass riots in the Belarusian capital on the day of presidential elections on December 19 last year.
Thirty-one people are facing charges. An official website of the Minsk interior department has posted the photographs of five most active protesters. Four of them come from Minsk and one from Slutsk. Their complicity to the protests has become evident through numerous video recordings, the Minsk police said.
In the evening of December 19, some opposition presidential candidates in Belarus and their supporters organized an unauthorized protest action against allegedly rigged elections. They tried to storm the government building but were stopped by riot police. Dozens of people were hurt, more than 600 protesters were detained.
According to Belarusian human rights organizations, more than 30 people, including the former presidential candidates Alexei Mikhalevich, Vladimir Neklyayev, Andrei Sannikov and Nikolai Statkevich, are remaining in custody in pre-trial detention centres of the Belarusian Interior Ministry and the State Security Committee.