Updated at 18:18,16-07-2018

Democratic rally brutally dispersed. Activists, journalists beaten

Nasha Niva

Camera operator Aliaksandr Barazienka, photo correspondent for Associated Press Siarhiej Hryc and Reuters Viktar Fiadosienka, Tacciana Ziankovich and Paval Padabied (BelaPAN) and also activists of Zmiena (youth wing of "Tell the Truth!" movement) Aliaksandr Arcabyshau and Paval Vinahradau were captured several minutes ago during a rally in Minsk, baj.by.

The activists of Zmiena held an election agitation rally and served out borsch. Thus the activists symbolically referred to the words of Central Election Commission Chairperson Lidzija Jarmoshyna who advised the women to sit home and cook borsch but not to participate in mass protests after the presidential elections in 2010.

After the rally unknown civil-dressed persons started beating and capturing the activists and journalists.

Journalists are reported to be injured, they are not available on the phones at the moment.