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World Belarus police arrest 200 women in crackdown on peaceful protest

00:30  20 september  2020
00:30  20 september  2020 Source:   news.sky.com

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Police in Belarus have cracked down on a women's protest march in Minsk demanding the resignation of the country's president Alexander Lukashenko.

a group of people wearing costumes: Police arrested more than 200 women on Saturday © Getty Police arrested more than 200 women on Saturday

More than 200 women demonstrating on the streets of the country's capital were arrested on Saturday, including an elderly woman who has become a symbol of the protests which have continued for the past six weeks.

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Belarus police made mass arrests of peaceful protesters © Getty Belarus police made mass arrests of peaceful protesters

At least 2,000 women took part in the march, one of many which Belarussians have staged following the 9 August presidential election which they believe Mr Lukashenko fraudulently won.

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Mr Lukashenko has been president in Belarus for 26 years, during which time he has consistently suppressed political opposition and independent news media.

Protests in the country have at times attracted roughly 200,000 people - especially on Sundays in the capital Minsk.

According to human rights groups Viasna, more than 200 people were arrested during the march on Saturday.

"There were so many people detained that lines formed at the prisoner transports," Viasna member Valentin Stepanovich told the Associated Press.

a group of people standing in front of a crowd posing for the camera: The protesters are calling for the president to resign © Getty The protesters are calling for the president to resign

Among those detained was Nina Bahinskaya, a 73-year-old former geologist whose defiance has made her an iconic figure among the protesters.

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Police in the capital of Belarus cracked down sharply Saturday on a women ’s protest march demanding the authoritarian president’s resignation, arresting more than 200 including an elderly woman who has become a symbol of the six weeks of protest that have roiled the country.

After a disputed election, the police cracked down violently on protests . But demonstrations continued, calling for the longtime president to resign. Protesters and riot police officers clashed in Minsk, Belarus , on Sunday during a protest against President Aleksandr G. Lukashenko.Credit

The women in Saturday's march chanted "we're walking", in reference to when police told Ms Bahinskaya she was taking part in an unauthorised protest and she snapped back: "I'm taking a walk."

Opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya praised the women's march in a video statement from Lithuania, where she fled after being held inside a government electoral office following the election.

a group of people wearing costumes: Beatings have been reported among protesters who have been detained © Getty Beatings have been reported among protesters who have been detained

Speaking to Sky News, Mrs Tikhanovskaya said she was not yet ready to talk about what happened to her during the time she was held in custody.

It is thought she was threatened with being separated from her two young children, whom she had already moved to Lithuania.

"They have frightened and put pressure on women for the second month, but despite this, Belarusians are continuing their peaceful protest and showing their amazing fortitude," Mrs Tikhanovskaya said of Saturday's march.

a group of people standing in front of a building: Police describe the protests as unauthorised © Getty Police describe the protests as unauthorised

Great-grandmother forcibly arrested as women take to streets in Belarus protests .
Hundreds of women have taken to the streets of Belarus' capital to demand authoritarian leader Alexander Lukashenko step down - with a great-grandmother who has become an icon of the protest movement among scores of people arrested. © Getty Masked officers arrest and detain opposition activist Nina Baginskaya, 73 Police blocked off the centre of Minsk and detained more than 80 demonstrators on Saturday, according to the Viasna human rights organisationIt was the latest in a series of major rallies that have rocked the country since early August, by far the largest and most persistent protest movement it has seen si

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