The number of criminal cases initiated in connection with the organization of mass riots or active participation in them is growing, Andrei Serbun, deputy head of the Prosecutor General’s Office, said on the air of Belarus 1 TV.
“To date, more than 500 such criminal cases have been initiated,” he said. The majority of such cases were initiated against protesters in Minsk.
The amount of damage caused by the protesters, according to Serbun, is estimated at more than 18 thousand rubles, 15 thousand of which have already been reimbursed.
At the same time, not a single criminal case has been initiated according to the statements of citizens who have suffered from the brutal actions of the security forces. For each application, a check is carried out, the representative of the Prosecutor General said, specifying that the actions of both the security forces and the applicants themselves are being checked.
More than 600 citizens of Belarus have filed applications for bodily harm when detained by law enforcement officials at protest actions. About a hundred more people complained about beatings in temporary detention centers. And this is at the very beginning of the protests, according to information released by the Investigative Committee on August 17. The most severe cases of arrests and detention in isolation cells were noted in the first three days after the presidential elections, which took place on August 9.
The second wave of COVID-19 reached Belarus. Due to the spread of the virus, planned medical care for patients with chronic cardiac diseases is suspended in Minsk. Hospitals will also temporarily stop providing planned surgical and gastroenterological care. The main efforts will be focused on helping patients with coronavirus and first-level contacts. At the same time, no one cancelled emergency assistance.
The doctors were expecting the arrival of the second wave and didn’t disassemble the special constructive devices in hospitals. So, all departments are ready to continue to serve patients with COVID-19. The Ministry of Health reports that more than 2 thousand beds have been allocated in the capital’s hospitals. There are over 100 ventilators in intensive care units, as well as supplies of personal protective equipment for about a month and a half.