Nearly 2,000 protesters, mostly women, took to the streets in Minsk to demand the resignation of the head of state, Alexander Lukashenko, and police made several hundred arrests. Law enforcement also took 73-year-old Nina Baghinskaya, who has become a symbol of the protests, according to Reuters.
The protests in Belarus continue after the elections officially won by Lukashenko, but contested by the opposition. Nearly 2,000 protesters, mostly women, gathered in downtown Minsk on Saturday to demand the resignation of President Lukashenko.
According to The Moscow Times, which quotes AFP, hundreds of women have been detained by law enforcement. Among those detained is 73-year-old activist Nina Baghinskaa, who has become a symbol of protests in Belarus.
According to The Moscow Times, police took her flag and the flowers she was carrying while pushing her into a van, but released her shortly thereafter. Police in riot gear stormed a rally on Friday, removing hundreds of protesters by truck. Police in riot gear stormed a rally on Friday, removing hundreds of protesters by truck.
The European Parliament adopted a resolution on Thursday no longer recognizing Alexander Lukashenko as president of Belarus. Also, several member states of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), including Romania, have set up a mission of independent experts to investigate human rights violations and electoral fraud in Belarus.
A new protest march is scheduled to take place on Sunday in the center of the Belarusian capital, under strict police surveillance, a day after the brutal arrest of hundreds of protesters, informs AFP and dpa.
After the contested re-election of Alexander Lukashenko on August 9, historic demonstrations take place every Sunday to demand the departure of 26-year-old President Lukashenko.
Sunday’s rally is set to begin at 14:00 Minsk time (11:00 GMT), but calls to protest in other Belarusian cities have also been circulated on social media.
On Sunday morning, opposition media published images of military convoys circulating in the center of the Belarusian capital.
The number of people arrested on Saturday was much higher than during a similar rally last week, with the Opposition Coordinating Council warning against “a new phase in escalating violence against peaceful protesters”.
In the face of police pressure, a popular opposition channel on the Telegram published a list of more than 1,000 people posing as Belarusian police employees.
During the protests, protesters regularly try to lift the masks or hoods of police officers who do not wear badges or badges with their identities.
Refugee in Lithuania, Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tihanovskaia, claiming victory in the August 9th election, said on Saturday that “Belarusians are ready to remove those who obey criminal orders from anonymity.” You have to look into the eyes of your people, the one you have to defend, “she said to law enforcement.