(KYIV, Ukraine) — About 100,000 demonstrators marched within the Belarusian capital calling for the authoritarian president’s ouster, some carrying cardboard crowns to ridicule him, on Sunday because the protests which have rocked the nation marked their 50th consecutive day.
Protests additionally occurred in 9 different cities, underlining the broad extent of dismay and anger with President Alexander Lukashenko, who has stifled opposition and impartial 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% of the vote. The opposition and a few ballot staff say the outcomes had been manipulated.
Lukashenko has defied requires him to step down and plenty of outstanding members of a council shaped with the purpose of arranging a switch of energy have been arrested or have fled the nation. The protests have endured regardless of the every day detentions of demonstrators.
The Inside Ministry stated about 200 demonstrators had been arrested all through the nation Sunday. Police and troops blocked off the middle of town with armored 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 harboring royal-like pretensions.
Among the estimated 100,000 individuals who braved rain and powerful winds to march in a two-kilometer-long (over a mile-long) column wore crowns manufactured from cardboard and bore placards calling him “the bare king.”
Lukashenko’s most important election opponent, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, praised protesters’ willpower and urged them to not let their energies flag.
“As we speak is the 50th day of our protest and the Belarusian folks have once more come out on the streets,” she stated in a press release from Lithuania, the place she went into exile after the election. “We now have come to cease this regime and we’ll do that peacefully.”
“Democracy is the facility of the folks. Your entire individuals are stronger than one man,” she stated.
Western nations have extensively denounced the doubtful election and the crackdown on protesters. The European Union and america are contemplating sanctions towards Belarusian officers.
International Minister Vladimir Makei on Saturday informed the U.N. Common Meeting that these expressions of concern are “nothing however makes an attempt to deliver chaos and anarchy to our nation.”