Despite the threat of firearms: tens of thousands are protesting against Lukashenko

Despite the threat of firearms: tens of thousands are protesting against Lukashenko

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Tens of thousands are protesting against President Lukashenko

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Protests in Minsk: Metro stations were closed so that people could not get to the center so easily, and mobile Internet was temporarily turned off

Protests in Minsk: Metro stations were closed so that people could not easily get to the center, and mobile Internet was temporarily turned off

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Even if the public does not always look, mass protests in Belarus continue. On Sunday, thousands of people took to the streets again against Lukashenko. The protesters challenged the autumn weather and the threat of violence by the authorities.

ZThousands demonstrate in Belarus in a new protest march against President Alexander Lukashenko. On Sunday, they marched through the capital, Minsk, accompanied by a large contingent of police and military personnel. There were actions in other cities as well. The crowd shouted “Long live Belarus” and “Lukashenka in the prison car”. Many protesters were arrested again during a demonstration known as the “guerrilla march.” According to the human rights group “Vesna”, by the evening there were much more than 100 arrests, most of which were in the capital.

Pictures of many military vehicles and transports of prisoners, which were published in the Telegram information channel, have reappeared from Minsk. The power apparatus again brought the water guns into position. Security forces blocked the streets with barbed wire and heavy equipment in the center. It was also reported that security forces fired rubber bullets into the air when protesters threw stones.

Every Sunday people demonstrate in Minsk

Every Sunday people demonstrate in Minsk

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Now is the tenth weekend in a row. Promotions on Sundays are especially popular. Security forces have recently stepped up against protesters. The Interior Ministry openly threatened to use firearms and ammunition. The opposition, on the other hand, always calls for peaceful protests and condemns violence.

No trains, no internet

Metro stations were closed, so people could not easily get to the center. In addition, the mobile Internet sometimes did not work. Authorities want to prevent the rapid spread of demonstrators through telegrams and videos of arrests.

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A woman with her child crosses a police line that blocks the road to prevent an opposition rally in protest of the official results of the presidential election in Minsk, Belarus, Sunday, September 20, 2020. Tens of thousands of Belarusians call on authoritarian president to resign in Minsk on Sunday when a wave of protests in the country entered the seventh week.  Hundreds of soldiers blocked the center of Minsk, deploying water cannons and armored personnel carriers and erecting barbed wire fences.  (AP Photo / TUT.by)

Regular protests have been taking place in Belarus since the August 9 presidential election. The country is in a serious domestic crisis. After 26 years in power, Lukashenko was again declared the winner, gaining 80.1 percent of the vote. The opposition, on the contrary, sees the civil rights activist Svetlana Tichanovskaya as the real winner. She fled to Lithuania in exile from the EU.

On Saturday, hundreds of women and students across the country took to the streets against Lukashenko. According to the Interior Ministry, almost 60 people were arrested. The journalists were also detained by police, the Belarusian Association of Journalists reported.

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It also became known that the lawyer of the detained protest leader Maria Kolesnikova had been released from house arrest. “The fact that Ilya Salei is at home and not in custody is good news, and it is the result of our peaceful pressure on the regime,” Tichanovskaya said. However, the protests will continue until all political prisoners are released and new elections are held.

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