Masked police dragged individuals into vans and fired stun grenades and teargas to disperse crowds as tens of 1000’s marched for a seventh straight weekend to demand the resignation of veteran Belarusian chief Alexander Lukashenko.
Protesters chanted “impostor” and “Sveta is our president” as they marched by Minsk and different cities decked out within the opposition’s crimson and white colors. Not less than 53 individuals had been detained, human rights activists stated.
Some dubbed the protest a “individuals’s inauguration” of Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, Lukashenko’s most important opponent, who fled into exile after the 9 August election that Lukashenko’s opponents say was blatantly rigged handy him a sixth time period.
Lukashenko denies electoral fraud and was inaugurated on Wednesday in a ceremony held with none prior announcement, sparking extra protests and condemnation from the European Union, the USA and Britain.
The French president, Emmanuel Macron, stated Lukashenko should step apart. “We’re witnessing an influence disaster in Belarus with an authoritarian administration that isn’t in a position to settle for the logic of democracy,” Macron informed Le Journal du Dimanche in feedback revealed on Sunday. “It’s clear that Lukashenko should go.“
Russia stated the EU’s choice to not recognise Lukashenko because the authentic president contradicted worldwide legislation and amounted to oblique meddling within the nation.
Buoyed by assist from Belarus’s conventional ally, Russia, the 66-year-old Lukashenko, a former Soviet collective farm supervisor who has been in energy for greater than quarter of a century, reveals no inclination to resign.
Riot police pulled individuals out of crowds and hauled them away into vans, a Reuters witness stated. A number of metro stations had been shut and cell web companies disrupted. Some protesters wore pretend crowns to mock Lukashenko’s inauguration.
“We got here to have a good time the individuals’s inauguration of the individuals’s president,” stated Alexander, a 30-year-old logistics employee protesting in Minsk. “First he falsified the elections, after which he falsified the inauguration.”
Police stated they used teargas and stun grenades to disperse “disobedient” protesters within the japanese metropolis of Gomel, the Russian information company Tass reported. Native media footage confirmed masked safety forces spraying a substance from a can into the faces of individuals in Gomel, whereas the protesters retreated, shouting “fascists”.
The Belarusian authorities sometimes declares the variety of individuals arrested the day after a protest.
The Russian information company Interfax stated no less than 10 individuals had been detained initially of Sunday’s protest. Police detained 150 individuals throughout protests on Saturday, the inside ministry stated.
On Saturday, the Belarusian overseas minister, Vladimir Makei, accused western international locations making ready to impose new sanctions on Minsk of making an attempt to sow “chaos and anarchy”.