Belarusian authorities have again canceled campaign events by presidential contender Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya ahead of the August 9 election, claiming that repair work needed to be carried out where the political rallies were to be held.
In the city of Slutsk, located 100 kilometers south of the capital, Minsk, local authorities on August 4 said there was an "urgent" need for repair work at an event place and announced that a planned opposition rally was canceled.
Riot police and plainclothes officers then detained at least 17 people as hundreds of opposition supporters gathered for the political rally, according the Viasna human rights center. Among those detained was the editor of a local news website.
Tsikhanouskaya was also forced to cancel a rally in the city of Salihorsk, scheduled for the evening of August 4 after the one in Slutsk.
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