In Belarus, uniformed people without identification grab protesters from the street and force into vans. The demonstrations against the ruler Lukashenko are still going on – for 90 days.
Hundreds of uniformed people in balaclavas oppose new protests against ruler Alexander Lukashenko in Belarus. There were dozens of arrests, as the Wesna Human Rights Center announced on its website spring96.org.
More than 160 arrests were reported in the early afternoon. Videos and photos showed how uniformed men, some without identification, brutally pushed peaceful people to the ground and forced them into prison transporters.
Metro blocked, internet turned off
In several places in the city, the special police of Omon took action against groups of people trying to congregate in the city center. As every Sunday, there were thousands of people on the street. There were also demonstrations in other cities for Lukashenko’s resignation.
Minsk: Men in balaclavas break peaceful protests against President Lukashenko. (Source: ITAR-TASS / image images)
Minsk metro stations were closed to prevent protesters from entering the city center. Mobile internet was also largely turned off. In this way, appointments for meetings in the city should be made more difficult. Troops blocked several streets – some with heavy equipment.
“We’ve been resisting for 90 days”
Despite the ban on demonstrations and the threat of violence by the authorities, crowds of people marched through different streets of the city – wearing the historic white, red and white flags. They chanted: “Long live Belarus!”. Authorities had also announced a car parade by Lukashenko’s supporters.
Alexander Lukashenko: The protests against the Belarusian rulers have been going on for three months. (Source: ITAR-TASS / image images)
“The power belongs to the people!” Announced the democracy movement in Minsk. Civil rights activist Svetlana Tichanowskaja, seen by the movement as the winner of the presidential election on August 9, welcomed the fact that people fought against Lukashenko for their freedom without fear and persistence. “We have been fighting lawlessness and violence for 90 days,” she said during her exile in the EU.
Since the controversial presidential election on August 9, protests against Lukashenko in Belarus have been repeated. After 26 years in power, he was again declared the winner with 80.1 percent of the vote.
The opposition, on the other hand, sees Tichanovskaya as the real winner. The power apparatus has repeatedly acted brutally against peaceful protesters. There have been several deaths, hundreds injured and thousands arrested.