Minggu, 06 September 2020

Belarus protests against President Alexander Lukashenko enter second month - ABC News

Authorities were filmed beating a man and about 100 people were arrested in the Belarus capital of Minsk as protests against President Alexander Lukashenko enter a second month.

Tens of thousands of people marched through the capital on Sunday, calling on the Belarusian leader to step down.

Police and security teams laid barbed wire on the streets, and deployed military vehicles, prisoner vans, water cannons, helmeted riot police and plain clothes officers with masks and truncheons to try to contain the demonstrations.

At least 100 people were detained, Russian news agency Interfax said, with human rights group Spring-96 claiming the figure was more than 200.

Local media also showed protests and detentions in other cities.

Groups of people marched in front of soldiers and military vehicles, defying a government warning, before being arrested.

Crowd of people with red and white flags
Protesters with old Belarusian national flags march during the opposition supporters' rally.(AP: Photographer uncredited)

They waved red and white opposition flags and shouted "Go away!" and "You're a rat!".

The country has experienced ongoing unrest since the August 9 elections which many believe were rigged.

Several people were injured when police broke up a protest outside a state-run tractor factory.

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko attends a meeting.
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has ruled the country for 26 years.(AP: Andrei Stasevich)

Police officers were seen beating a protester as well.

Lukashenko has been in power since 1994 and, buoyed by a show of support from traditional ally Russia, has rejected calls for new elections from Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, his main opponent who fled into exile two days after the vote.

The Belarus government has responded harshly to the protests, even detaining journalists in the country to report on the unrest.


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2020-09-06 22:15:00Z

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