MINSK, August 12. /TASS/. Alleged coordinators of mass riots in Belarus were detained in the capital Minsk on Wednesday, BelTA news agency reported.
According to the news agency, one of those detained had been staying at hotel "Belarus." He is believed to have coordinated the actions of three subordinates.
Earlier, BelTA reported that the Minsk police detained a man who had given money to the protesters. "During his detention the man put up active resistance to the law enforcement officers and broke the nose of one of them. In his backpack more than $10,000 was found, which is believed to be payment for the participants of mass riots," the Interior Ministry said in a statement.
Protests flared up in Minsk after the results of the August 9 presidential election were announced. According to preliminary data of the Central Election Commission, incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko secured his re-election with 80.08% of the votes, while his key rival Svetlana Tikhanovskaya garnered 10.09% of the ballots cast. Several thousand people were detained after clashes with police, the Interior Ministry said. Dozens of police officers and protesters were injured.