Mass protests have taken place in the Belarusian capital, Minsk, against the government led by President Lukashenko. Thousands of protesters took to the streets to demand the resignation of President Alexander Lukashenko, accusing him of rigging the election.
On the other hand, President Lukashenko has taken the policy of suppressing the protests, according to the international media.
He said that anonymous revolutionaries have reacted the movement at the behest of foreigners. Protests have continued in Belarus since Lukashenko’s election victory. At least four people have been killed in police action during the agitation. Police in riot gear stormed a rally on Friday, removing hundreds of protesters by truck.
Belarus held presidential elections on August 9. According to official results, President Lukashenko received 80 percent of the vote, while opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovsky received 10 percent.
Lukashenko has been in power in Belarus for 26 years, and there were no independent observers in this election. Opposition groups called for a boycott of the assembly.
Opposition groups called for a boycott of the by-elections. Immediately after the election, he was forced to live in exile in neighboring Lithuania.
From children to the elderly, thousands of people gathered at the Independent Square in Minsk on Sunday. Many protesters carried red and white opposition flags. At the same time, they were raising their voices in favor of independence and against the government.
Opposition media and state-run media have differing claims about the number of protesters. The opposition-backed press reported that 100,000 people were in the crowd, while state-run TV said that 20,000 people were in the crowd.
According to a video released by state television, President Lukashenko flew to the presidential palace by helicopter. A video of President Lukashenko wearing a flak jacket and holding an automatic weapon has been shared.
Similar demonstrations have taken place in other Belarusian cities. Meanwhile, thousands of people, including in Lithuania, have formed a human chain from the capital Vilnius to the Belarusian border in solidarity with the Minsk protests. This includes Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda. Similar human chains were planned in Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, and Prague, in the Czech Republic.
The BBC’s Joanna Fashion in Minsk says it is a massive protest in front of Alexander Lukashenko’s security forces. The president of Belarus has instructed the Interior Ministry to end the ongoing protests and promised to resolve the issue. But no serious efforts have been made to silence the protests. He says police and army trucks are sitting near Independent Square, warning people not to gather illegally. But the protesters are pretending not to hear the warning.