In the streets of Minsk, the capital of Belarus, clashes between protesters and police began shortly after that country’s state television announced a new electoral victory for President Alexander Lukashenko on Sunday.
But Minsk was not the only city where anti-riot forces tried to disperse groups protesting against the man who has been in power since 1994. Similar protests occurred in the cities of Brest and Zhodino.
The exit poll released by the Belarusian state media indicated that the current president reached 80% of the votes in the presidential elections. opening the doors to a sixth term with which he would exceed three decades as head of state.
The main opposition candidate, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, said she did not trust the figures that gave her 7% of the votes.
Weeks before the vote, different sectors of the country indicated that they feared manipulation of the votes and even parallel recounts were organized.
And the possibility of street demonstrations had also been anticipated in the event that a new Lukashenko triumph was announced.
What is known
The clashes in Minsk, according to local reports, did not stop until late on Sunday.
Witnesses and journalists reported that riot police used rubber bullets and vehicles with water cannons to disperse the protesters.
Several ambulances were also seen in the surroundings of the confrontation points.
Media reports indicate that several people were arrested, although there were no official figures as of Sunday night.
The thousands of people gathered in the streets shouted “Go away!” In reference to Lukashenko.
Internet monitoring group NetBlocks warned that connectivity had been “significantly disrupted” in Belarus during the day, creating an “information gap.”
During the campaign, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya starred massive concentrations.
She assumed the candidacy in place of her husband, after he was arrested.
Lukashenko is called by his detractors like “the last dictator of Europe”. In the 2015 election, he was proclaimed the winner with 83% of the votes amid complaints and numerous complaints.
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