When Aleksandr Lukashenko, who ruled the state for 26 years, won the presidential elections in Belarus, great conflicts broke out in the country.
Presidential elections in Belarus were completed after a controversial process. The current president Alexander Lukashenko won the presidential elections with 76.7 percent. Other candidates were Svetlana Tikhanovskaya 6.8 percent, Anna Kanopatskaya 2.3 percent, Andrey Dmitriyev 1.1 percent and Sergey Çereçen 0.9 percent, respectively. Although the Belarusian Central Election Coordination Center has not yet announced the official figures, the streets of Belarus are mixed after the results announced on state television.
After President Alexander Lukashenko won the election, about 300 people gathered in front of the victory monument in the capital Minsk, started to protest the election results. The protests that started at 21:30 with 300 people suddenly spread to almost every part of the country. Using the internet and power cuts as an excuse, the demonstrators argued that the elections completed were fraudulent. When the protests that started on the streets of Minsk grew bigger, the police and soldiers went to the streets and tried to prevent the protests.
The interventions, which started as a soft intervention in the first place, hardened with the demonstrators setting up barricades and lighting fires on the streets. Police and soldiers first used cannons and stun grenades against the demonstrators. The law enforcement officers then made tear gas interventions and then used plastic bullets. As the intensity of the conflict increased, the number of arrests increased. According to the Belarusian and Russian media, hundreds of people were detained, while many demonstrators, one of them seriously, were injured with the intervention of the police and the military. While it was observed that many injured people remained covered in blood, it was learned that the wounded were taken to hospitals after the volunteer doctors made the first intervention to the demonstrators.
Svetlana Tikhonavskaya, the opposition candidate who got the most votes after Lukashenko, demanded that her supporters not leave the ballot box, claiming that the majority of the voters voted for her. Svetlana Tikhonavskaya, who sent a message at midnight on the increase of street events, called on the police and the gendarmerie to be moderate, “I would like to remind the police and the military that they are part of the people. Stop the provocations. There is no reason to use violence against the demonstrators. I know that the Belarusian people will wake up in a new country tomorrow morning and “I hope you have good news tomorrow. Please stop the violence because I know law enforcement can do this.”
As the dose of clashes continues to increase, images of protests continue to spread on social media. In the country where internet restrictions are alleged, opponents continue to call all opponents to the streets using social networks such as VPN. While opposition candidates continue to make statements by following the process closely, the current president, Alexander Lukashenko, who won the elections, has not yet received a statement. – MOSCOW.