Masked police dragged folks into trucks and fired stun grenades and teargas to disperse crowds as tens of hundreds marched for a 7th instantly weekend to call for the resignation of veteran Belarusian chief Alexander Lukashenko.
Protesters chanted “impostor” and “Sveta is our president” as they marched via Minsk and different towns decked out within the opposition’s crimson and white colors. A minimum of 53 folks have been detained, human rights activists stated.
Some dubbed the protest a “folks’s inauguration” of Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, Lukashenko’s primary opponent, who fled into exile after the nine August election that Lukashenko’s combatants say used to be blatantly rigged handy him a 6th time period.
Lukashenko denies electoral fraud and used to be inaugurated on Wednesday in a rite held with none prior announcement, sparking extra protests and condemnation from the Ecu Union, the US and Britain.
The French president, Emmanuel Macron, stated Lukashenko will have to step apart. “We’re witnessing an influence disaster in Belarus with an authoritarian management that isn’t in a position to just accept the common sense of democracy,” Macron advised Le Magazine du Dimanche in feedback revealed on Sunday. “It’s transparent that Lukashenko will have to move.“
Russia stated the EU’s choice to not recognise Lukashenko because the official president contradicted global regulation and amounted to oblique meddling within the nation.
Buoyed by means of improve from Belarus’s conventional best friend, Russia, the 66-year-old Lukashenko, a former Soviet collective farm supervisor who has been in energy for greater than quarter of a century, displays no inclination to renounce.
Rebel police pulled folks out of crowds and hauled them away into trucks, a Reuters witness stated. A number of metro stations have been close and cellular web products and services disrupted. Some protesters wore faux crowns to mock Lukashenko’s inauguration.
“We got here to rejoice the folk’s inauguration of the folk’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 town of Gomel, the Russian information company Tass reported. Native media photos confirmed masked safety forces spraying a substance from a can into the faces of folks in Gomel, whilst the protesters retreated, shouting “fascists”.
The Belarusian executive in most cases proclaims the choice of folks arrested the day after a protest.
The Russian information company Interfax stated no less than 10 folks have been detained in the beginning of Sunday’s protest. Police detained 150 folks throughout protests on Saturday, the inner ministry stated.
On Saturday, the Belarusian international minister, Vladimir Makei, accused western international locations making ready to impose new sanctions on Minsk of making an attempt to sow “chaos and anarchy”.