Canada Presidential election in Belarus: opposition campaign leader arrested again

21:16  08 august  2020
21:16  08 august  2020 Source:   france24.com

Belarus suspects Russian mercenaries of having instigated a conspiracy

 Belarus suspects Russian mercenaries of having instigated a conspiracy BELARUS-ELECTION: Belarus suspects Russian mercenaries of having instigated an conspiracy © Reuters / Vasily Fedosenko BELARUS SUSPICTS OF RUSSIAN MERCENARIES COMBINED WITH A MINSK (Reuters) - Belarus suspects a group of Russian mercenaries suspected of instigating "acts of terrorism" ahead of the August presidential election and on Thursday summoned the Russian ambassador for a explanation.

Les partisans de Svetlana Tikhanovskaïa, candidate à la prochaine élection présidentielle et principale opposante du président, défilent lors d'un rassemblement à Minsk, en Biélorussie, le 6 août 2020. © Vasily Fedosenko, Reuters Supporters of Svetlana Tikhanovskaïa, candidate for the next presidential election and main opponent of the president, march during a rally in Minsk , in Belarus, August 6, 2020.

For months, the Belarusian authorities have been stepping up operations against the adversaries of the head of state, Alexander Lukashenko, who is seeking a new mandate, on Sunday.

New intimidation measure against the opposition in Belarus. After having already been briefly arrested, the head of the campaign staff of the Belarusian opposition presidential candidate was arrested on Saturday August 8, announced the headquarters of the rival of President Alexander Lukashenko. Maria Moroz was arrested on Saturday, confirmed Anna Krasoulina, spokesperson for opposition candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaïa.

Presidential in Belarus: Lukashenko weakened by unprecedented opposition

 Presidential in Belarus: Lukashenko weakened by unprecedented opposition © REUTERS / Vasily Fedosenko Supporters of opposition candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaïa, during a campaign rally in Minsk, July 30, 2020. Home straight in Belarus. The presidential election will be held this Sunday, August 9. In power since 1994, President Alexander Lukashenko is seeking a new mandate, but he has to face unprecedented opposition, led by Svetlana Tikhanovskaïa who managed to bring together tens of thousands of symptahisants a few days ago in the capital.

Belarus is organizing its presidential election on Sunday which saw an opposition emerge against President Lukashenko, 65 years old, including 26 in power. The ballot boxes opened on Tuesday in this country of 9.5 million inhabitants, with a participation of more than 32% since, according to the authorities.

Maria Moroz "will probably not be released before Monday", that is to say the day after the poll, indicated Anna Krasoulina, adding that the reason for her arrest was unknown. On Thursday, she was arrested by agents of the Ministry of the Interior, according to the HQ of the opposition, after going to the Lithuanian embassy in Minsk, before being released.

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A presidential election under pressure in Belarus

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Since the spring, following an unexpected mobilization in favor of the opposition, the Belarusian authorities have stepped up operations against the opponents of the Head of State.

Two potential presidential candidates of August 9 were notably imprisoned, leading the wife of one of them, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, to take over, bringing together all the detractors of the Belarusian president behind her and bringing together crowds of 'an unprecedented scale during its meetings.

Alexandre Loukachenko, for his part, denounced a plot between opponents and Russian mercenaries to commit a "massacre" in an attempt to destabilize his country and take power. He also accuses the West, especially the United States, of plotting against him.

With AFP

Using your vehicle in front of the police, the heart of the demonstrators' strategy in Belarus .
© Provided by France 24 The demonstrators used vehicles as a tool of protest by blocking the streets and honking their horns to show their support (Source: Hanna Liubakova / Twitter) In Belarus, thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Minsk, the country's capital, despite a strong police presence, to protest against the re-election on August 9 of President Alexander Lukashenko deemed "rigged" by the opposition.

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