Belarus protests: 73-year-old opposition activist amongst a whole bunch detained in Minsk

Law enforcement officers detain a woman during a rally to protest against the Belarus presidential election results in Minsk on September 19, 2020.

Lukashenko’s crackdown on the protests has prompted the European Union to weigh recent sanctions towards his authorities.

Belarusian police detained a whole bunch of protesters in central Minsk on Saturday, a witness mentioned, as round 2,000 folks marched by means of the town demanding that President Alexander Lukashenko step down.

Belarus, a former Soviet republic intently allied with Russia, has been rocked by mass avenue protests since Lukashenko claimed a landslide victory in an August 9 presidential election that his opponents say was rigged. He denies their accusation.

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Saturday’s protesters, most of them ladies, briefly scuffled with police who then blocked their path and began choosing folks one after the other out of the gang, the witness mentioned.

 

In one location, dozens of feminine protesters might be seen encircled by males in inexperienced uniforms and black balaclavas exterior a shopping center as they shouted “Only cowards beat women!”

Among the detained was 73-year-old opposition activist Nina Baginskaya who has develop into an icon of the protest motion after struggling with armed policemen final month.

Law enforcement officers detain a woman during a rally to protest against the Belarus presidential election results in Minsk on September 19, 2020.

Law enforcement officers detain a girl throughout a rally to protest towards the Belarus presidential election leads to Minsk on September 19, 2020.
 
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AFP

 

After the police stopped detaining folks, the remaining protesters shaped a series alongside one of many central streets of the capital and chanted “Long live Belarus!”

Lukashenko’s crackdown on the protests has prompted the European Union to weigh recent sanctions towards his authorities.

Minsk reacted angrily on Saturday to stories that Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, the main opposition candidate in final month’s election, might quickly meet EU overseas ministers.

Russian overseas ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova additionally criticised the EU for inviting Tsikhanouskaya to the ministerial assembly in addition to for contemplating sanctions towards Minsk, saying Brussels was making an attempt to “rock the boat” in Belarus.

Women with old Belarusian national flags march during an opposition rally to protest the official presidential election results in Minsk, Belarus, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020.

Women with previous Belarusian nationwide flags march throughout an opposition rally to protest the official presidential election leads to Minsk, Belarus, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020.  
| Photo Credit:
AP

 

Lukashenko, who has dominated Belarus for 26 years, says the protesters are being backed by overseas powers and has supplied to finish the standoff with constitutional reforms however he refuses to face down.

Earlier this month he secured a $1.5 billion lifeline from Moscow.

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