The demonstration in Minsk, the capital of Belarus, on Sunday against the country’s authoritarian leader Alexander Lukashenko was the largest in two months.
According to the news agency AFP, as many as 100,000 protesters were seen on the streets of Minsk. Sunday was the last day of the deadline set by the opposition for Lukashenko’s resignation or else the opposition would respond with a general strike.
Exiled opposition leader Svetlana Tsihanouskaja announced, as expected, that the general strike will begin on Monday.
In his statement, Tsihanouskaya also justified the general strike with the Lukashenko regime’s violent crackdown on protesters.
– Today, this administration has once again shown the Belarusians that violence is the only thing it is capable of, Tsihanouskaya said on Sunday.
– That is why the general strike will start tomorrow, 26 October
According to international and Belarusian media, police again used violent and at times violent extracts against peaceful protesters on Sunday.
News agency AFP reports that police, among other things, fired stun grenades against protesters.
There have been a lot of videos shared on social media about the powerful explosions on the streets of Minsk that are said to have been caused by police stun grenades.
Among other things, a Belarusian journalist Hanna Liubakova has shared a video of police using stun grenades. He said at least one person was injured.
If the tweet does not appear, you can watch the video shared by Liubakova from here.
Belarusian journalists have also reported that the police used tear gas.
Police have arrested at least 160 protesters, human rights organization Vesna reports.