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Canada Belarus: Tens of thousands take to the streets against Lukashenko in Minsk - arrests again

22:05  27 september  2020
22:05  27 september  2020 Source:   handelsblatt.com

The EU risks disappointing the Belarusian opposition

 The EU risks disappointing the Belarusian opposition © Provided by Le Point Belarusian opposition figurehead Svetlana Tikhanovskaya is visiting Brussels on Monday to advocate for the swift adoption of sanctions against the Iranian regime. 'Alexander Lukashenko, but his hopes risk being dashed by the divisions within the European Union. "We do not yet have the unanimity required for the adoption of sanctions," the head of European diplomacy Josep Borrell told the European Parliament.

Bereitschaftspolizei zog Demonstranten aus der Menge und zerrte sie zu Lieferwagen. Mehrere Metro-Stationen wurden gesperrt, mobile Internetverbindungen waren gestört. © dpa Riot police pulled demonstrators from the crowd and dragged them to delivery trucks. Several metro stations were blocked and mobile internet connections were disrupted.

Police arrested at least 10 people during renewed protests. French President Emmanuel Macron publicly called for his resignation.

In the Belarusian capital Minsk on Sunday tens of thousands of people again protested against , President Alexander Lukashenko , who has been authoritarian for over 20 years. There were also arrests again. Riot police pulled protesters out of the crowd and dragged them to delivery trucks. The Russian news agency Interfax reported that at least ten people had been arrested. Several metro stations were blocked and mobile internet connections were disrupted. In the city of Gomel, the police used tear gas and stun grenades to break up a demonstration, the Tass agency reported.

Belarus. Police disperse demonstrators with water cannons in Minsk

 Belarus. Police disperse demonstrators with water cannons in Minsk © AFP Demonstrators were arrested in Minsk, the Belarusian capital for participating in a demonstration against Lukashenko's inauguration Protesters against the inauguration on the sly of Alexander Lukashenko were arrested by police in Minsk who also made use of water cannons in the Belarusian capital.

French President Emmanuel Macron called for Lukashenko to leave. His government was unable to understand the logic of democracy, he told the Journal de Dimanche.

"Sweta is our president", the people in the city chanted. Many also shouted: “Long live Belarus!” And “Eto nasch gorod!” (“This is our city”). As on the previous Sundays, the authorities switched off the mobile Internet so that people could not arrange to meet on the changing protest routes.

The Sunday demonstration was - like the women's rally on Saturday - dedicated to Tichanovskaya - “as a real inauguration by the people”. The opposition leader, who fled to the neighboring EU country Lithuania under pressure from Lukashenko's power apparatus, welcomed the courage of her compatriots, who have now taken to the streets for the 50th day in a row and showed no fear despite brutal arrests.

The opposition accuses Lukashenko of fraudulent election in early August. Since then, there have been regular mass protests against the 66-year-old. The security forces crack down on the mostly peaceful demonstrating people. Thousands were arrested. The EU does not recognize the election and is planning sanctions against around 40 Belarusian government representatives, including Lukashenko himself.

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Diplomatic path strewn with pitfalls for the leader of the Belarusian opposition .
© Provided by Le Point New to politics a few months ago, the leader of the Belarusian opposition Svetlana Tikhanovskaïa joined the first European diplomatic league at the risk of undermining its own cause, analysts say. After meeting French President Emmanuel Macron this week, the opponent, who claims victory in the presidential election in Belarus in August, is expected to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel shortly.

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