100,000 march in Belarus capital on 50th day of protests in opposition to president

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About 100,000 demonstrators marched within the Belarusian capital calling for the authoritarian president’s ouster, some sporting cardboard crowns to ridicule him, on Sunday because the protests which have rocked the nation marked their 50th consecutive day.

Protests additionally happened in 9 different cities, underlining the vast extent of dismay and anger with President Alexander Lukashenko, who has stifled opposition and unbiased information media throughout 26 years in energy.

The protest wave started after the Aug. 9 presidential election that officers stated gave Lukashenko a sixth time period in workplace with a crushing 80 per cent of the vote. The opposition and a few ballot staff say the outcomes have been manipulated.

Lukashenko has defied requires him to step down and plenty of outstanding members of a council fashioned with the intention of arranging a switch of energy have been arrested or have fled the nation. The protests have persevered regardless of the every day detentions of demonstrators.

The Inside Ministry stated about 200 demonstrators have been arrested all through the nation Sunday. Police and troops blocked off the centre of the town with armoured autos and water cannons.

Luksahenko stepped up his defiance this week by unexpectedly taking the oath of workplace for a brand new time period in an unannounced ceremony, main many to mock him as harbouring royal-like pretensions.

Among the estimated 100,000 individuals who braved rain and robust winds to march in a two-kilometre-long column wore crowns made from cardboard and bore placards calling him “the bare king.”

Demonstrators, one in every of them sporting a cardboard crown and holding a cardboard sword studying ‘solidarity,’ march throughout the opposition rally in Minsk on Sunday. (TUT.by/The Related Press)

Lukashenko’s predominant election opponent, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, praised protesters’ willpower and urged them to not let their energies flag.

“Right now is the 50th day of our protest and the Belarusian individuals have once more come out on the streets,” she stated in an announcement from Lithuania, the place she went into exile after the election. “Now we have come to cease this regime and we are going to do that peacefully.”

She went on: “Democracy is the ability of the individuals. The complete persons are stronger than one man.”

Western international locations have extensively denounced the doubtful election and the crackdown on protesters. The European Union and the USA are contemplating sanctions in opposition to Belarusian officers.

Lukashenko slapped again sharply at Emmanuel Macron on Sunday after the French president stated in a newspaper interview that Lukashenko should relinquish energy.

“I need to say that the president of France himself, following his personal logic, ought to have resigned two years in the past — when yellow vests had first begun going out within the streets of Paris,” Lukashenko stated, referring to the French protest motion.

Belarus’s International Minister Vladimir Makei on Saturday advised the UN Normal Meeting that worldwide expressions of concern are “nothing however makes an attempt to convey chaos and anarchy to our nation.”

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