The United States, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the European Union have issued a statement calling on Belarus to cease violence and threats of using military force against the Belarusian people.
Earlier, President Lukashenko's supporters gathered on Saturday for a car rally in the capital city of Minsk. The press secretary of the president, Natalya Eysmont, has taken part in the event.
The Belarusian Interior Ministry said on Friday that a total of 37 hotbeds of citizens' political activity with a participation of approximately 5,000 people were registered in the country on 27 August.
A wave of mass opposition protests has swept across Belarus in the wake of the 9 August presidential election that saw incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko re-elected for a sixth term. While electoral authorities maintain that Lukashenko collected over 80 percent of the vote, the opposition insists that his key contender, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, won the election.
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