UK News Belarus: new demonstrations against Lukashenko

00:10  28 september  2020
00:10  28 september  2020 Source:   france24.com

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Belarus : Anti - Lukashenko protesters hold 'people's inauguration' march. Demonstrations drawing hundreds of thousands of people have rocked Belarus since August 9 when Lukashenko claimed a landslide victory Svetlana Tsikhanouskaya: The nation has not given Lukashenko a new mandate.

Clashes broke out in cities across Belarus on Sunday evening as riot police used rubber bullets, flash grenades, teargas and water cannon to A reporter for the Guardian saw police use water cannon against protesters and was fired on by rubber bullets. Opponents of Lukashenko chanted, “Leave!”

© AFP "[Svetlana Tikhanovskaya] is our president" affirms this panel in the demonstrations of Sunday September 27th.

Belarusian police arrested around two hundred people in a new opposition rally of tens of thousands on Sunday against President Alexander Lukashenko, who was sworn in on the sly this week, despite an unprecedented protest movement.

Tens of thousands of people marched Sunday, September 27 for the seventh consecutive weekend in Belarus to demand the departure of President Alexander Lukashenko.

Alexander Lukashenko has been confronted since the presidential election of August 9 with a historic challenge, tens of thousands of people taking to the streets every Sunday in Minsk to denounce his re-election deemed fraudulent, despite police repression.

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On Wednesday, September 23, cities across Belarus saw mass demonstrations opposing the secret inauguration of Alexander Lukashenko . Riot police using pepper spray against protesters in Minsk. On Pobediteley Avenue, a group of protesters barricaded themselves inside the Galereya Shopping

Lukashenko , who has faced weeks of large-scale protests following the August 9 presidential The Yellow Vest demonstrations were provoked by fuel tax hikes in France in November 2018, but they quickly transitioned into a wider protest against Macron’s policies and economic injustice.

Some 100,000 people marched in the rain in Minsk, according to AFP journalists there, including well-known athletes, a number comparable to previous weeks. The Interior Ministry said it had arrested around 200 people.

According to the NGO Viasna, the police used tear gas in Gomel, the country's second largest city, and stun grenades in Mogilev (East). The Interior Ministry denied this last point.

"We elected our president," protester Eleonora Naoumova told AFP, holding up a portrait of opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya. “We don't want to live in a concentration camp,” added the 48-year-old designer.

In the center of Minsk, armored vehicles were deployed and several metro stations were closed. The Independence Palace, where Alexander Lukashenko sits and to which massive gatherings have converged lately, was bristling with barriers and heavily guarded by riot police. Several central squares and shopping centers where protesters have taken refuge in the past have also been closed.

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Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko had himself sworn in for his sixth term in a secretive ceremony Daily demonstrations began after Lukashenko ’s claim of a landslide victory in elections Aug. The elections in # Belarus were neither free nor fair. The result is therefore illegitimate, which

Alexander Lukashenko 's inauguration as president of Belarus lacks legitimacy and contradicts the will of large parts of Belarus , says the EU. "The European Union’s position is clear: Belarusian citizens deserve the right to be represented by those they freely choose through new inclusive, transparent

"We are millions"

"If any impostor can be crowned here, then why not me?", Quips Sergei Mikhaïlov, 36, wearing a cardboard crown distributed in a fast food chain.

"We are millions," said Alexander Lukashenko's rival, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, in a message posted on social media on Sunday to support the demonstrators on the "50th day of our protests."

"We will win," she said, recalling the "peaceful" nature of the movement.

As of Saturday, the authorities made some 150 arrests, mainly of women gathered to protest against the regime, as well as of journalists.

Refugee in Lithuania, the opponent Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, 38, claims victory in the August ballot, after an election campaign during which this newbie in politics had galvanized the crowds.

These rallies come after Alexander Lukashenko was sworn in for a sixth term on Wednesday, sparking further protests the same day. The ceremony at the presidential palace had not been announced and took place on the sly.

With AFP

UK, Canada impose sanctions on Belarus president, officials .
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