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World Belarus: clashes erupt in Minsk after the announcement of the re-election of Lukashenko

05:05  10 august  2020
05:05  10 august  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

In Belarus, can President Lukashenko really lose his hand?

 In Belarus, can President Lukashenko really lose his hand? © Reuters The presidential election in Belarus next Sunday could see the overthrow of Alexander Lukashenko, the president in power since 1994. The winds of change continue to blow through Belarus. After a historic rally in Minsk on Thursday, thousands were again attending Svetlana Tikhanovskaya's rally on Saturday in Hordna, in the west of the country.

Belarus police used teargas, flash grenades to disperse protesters in the capital Minsk , disagreeing with the incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko ’s victory Lukashenko is projected to received 81.35 percent of the vote, while main opposition candidate, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, 8 percent.

Lukashenko was accused of cracking down on opposition and media ahead of the vote. On the day of the elections three journalists from Russian opposition TV channel, Dozhd (Rain), who were in Belarus to cover the vote, were detained in the capital Minsk .

Des agents des forces de l'ordre ont dispersé des manifestants de l’opposition après la clôture du scrutin lors de l'élection présidentielle à Minsk, en Biélorussie, le 9 août 2020. © Dmitry Brushko / Tut.By via REUTERS Law enforcement agents dispersed opposition demonstrators after the polls closed during the presidential election in Minsk, Belarus on August 9, 2020.

In Belarus, outgoing President Alexander Lukashenko, in power for 26 years, was re-elected for a second term with nearly 80% of the vote, according to an official poll. Immediately after the announcement of this score, people gathered in the capital, Minsk, where clashes broke out with the police. The ballot was very tense, preceded by arrests of opposition candidates and supporters of Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, main rival of Alexander Lukashenko, credited with barely 7% of the vote, while she was able to create around from it a vast movement of protest against power.

President of Belarus accuses Russia of lying, warns of revolution plot

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Aleksandr G. Lukashenko , who used to call his political foes stooges of the West, is now trying to play on anti-Russian sentiment at home and abroad. President Aleksandr G. Lukashenko of Belarus at a parade marking the end of World War II last month in Minsk .Credit Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters.

People are rallying in the streets of Belarus cities after preliminary election results showed incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko winning. Riot police

With our special correspondent in Minsk, Daniel Vallot

Thousands of people began to converge on the crossroads where the supporters of the opposition had met. Very quickly, the demonstrators were dispersed by the police, very numerous, who intervened very early in the evening.

The police presence was shouted at by demonstrators very upset against these preliminary results announced Sunday, August 9 in the evening and against this figure of 7% of the vote for the opposition candidate, Svetlana Tikhanovskaïa. "This figure is a sham," said a resident of Minsk who had come with several of her friends despite the risk of arrest because the authorities did not hide their intention to break any attempt to challenge in the street.

Belarus says it has detained U.S. nationals: Belta

  Belarus says it has detained U.S. nationals: Belta Belarus says it has detained U.S. nationals: BeltaLukashenko provided no further details of the detainees and it was not clear who he was referring to.

Army jeeps were filmed standing on guard near the Belarusian capital on presidential election day. Lukashenko , who is seeking a sixth term, has repeatedly claimed that foreign forces are planning to incite violence on the day of the election and destabilize the situation in the country.

Police and protesters clashed Sunday night in Belarus after longtime authoritarian leader Alexander Lukashenko appears headed for a huge win in the Protesters with an old Belarusian national flag gather contesting early results of the country's presidential election , in Minsk , Belarus , Aug.

Internet cut

The center of the Belarusian capital is completely sealed off. Military vehicles are posted on the main roads leading to the city. Finally, the Internet network was cut, making it impossible to communicate between groups of demonstrators.

Another sign of firmness on the part of the authorities: the very numerous arrests within Svetlana Tikhanoskaïa's campaign team. The leader of the opposition was to speak this Sunday, August 9 in the evening but her message will not have been heard by her supporters deprived of the Internet and therefore of any means of obtaining information.

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Vladimir Putin has offered to send military assistance to support Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko as up to 200,000 protestors gather to demand his removal .
Lukashenko claims to have won with over 80% of the vote, a result which opponents say was heavily rigged. People carried red and white flags and chanted "Lukashenko step down" and "We won't forget or forgive."Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, Lukashenko's opposition rival in the contested election, had called for a huge "March of Freedom" through Minsk and in other towns and cities on Sunday.Lukashenko, who has been in power for 26 years, had previously called for Moscow's assistance to support his regime.

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