More than 2,000 ladies took half within the march in Minsk. Such anti-government marches have change into an everyday characteristic of the unprecedented wave of enormous, persistent protests that started after the Aug. 9 presidential election.
- Associated Press
- Last Updated: September 19, 2020, 11:40 PM IST
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Police within the capital of Belarus cracked down sharply Saturday on a ladies’s protest march demanding the authoritarian president’s resignation, arresting greater than 200 together with an aged lady who has change into an emblem of the six weeks of protest which have roiled the nation.
More than 2,000 ladies took half within the march in Minsk. Such anti-government marches have change into an everyday characteristic of the unprecedented wave of enormous, persistent protests that started after the Aug. 9 presidential election. Officials stated President Alexander Lukashenko received a sixth time period in workplace with 80% assist in that vote however opponents and a few ballot staff say the outcomes have been rigged.
During Lukashenko’s 26 years in workplace, he has persistently repressed opposition and impartial information media.
Large demonstrations have been held in cities all through the nation and a few Sunday protests in Minsk have attracted crowds estimated at as much as 200,000 individuals.
The human rights group Viasna stated greater than 200 individuals have been arrested in Saturday’s march.
There have been so many individuals detained that traces fashioned on the prisoner transports, Viasna member Valentin Stepanovich advised The Associated Press.
Among these detained was Nina Bahinskaya, a 73-year-old former geologist whose defiance and tart tongue have made her a well-liked determine within the protests. Many of the ladies in Saturday’s march chanted We’re strolling! referring to when police advised Bahinskaya that she was collaborating in unauthorized protest and he or she snapped again I’m taking a stroll.
Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, Lukashenko’s foremost opponent within the election, praised the ladies’s march in a video assertion from Lithuania, the place she took refuge after the election.
They have frightened and put strain on ladies for the second month, however regardless of this, Belarusians are persevering with their peaceable protest and exhibiting their wonderful fortitude, she stated.
Several prime members of the Coordination Council the opposition has created to push for a brand new election have been jailed and others have been compelled to go away the nation. Maxim Znak, a number one member of the council, declared a starvation strike in jail on Friday.
Last month hundreds of protesters have been detained and a few displayed deep bruises from police beatings. Still, that didn’t cease the protests from rising to incorporate strikes at main factories that had beforehand been a supply of assist for the embattled Lukashenko.
In a brand new technique to stem the massive Sunday rallies, the Belarusian Prosecutor Generals workplace stated it has tracked down dad and mom who took their kids to opposition demonstrations.