Belarusian police detain dozens at women’s protest

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Belarusian police detain dozens at women's protest




Women parade in the streets of the Belarusian capital during a protest against President Alexander Lukashenko, on September 26 in Minsk.


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Women parade in the streets of the Belarusian capital during a protest against President Alexander Lukashenko, on September 26 in Minsk.


More than 90 people were arrested this Saturday in Belarus in a demonstration of the opposition of women, who took to the streets to protest against the regime of President Alexander Lukashenko.

Hundreds of people participated in the protest in Minsk.

Some women held photos of Lukashenko’s rival in the August presidential elections, Svetlana Tijanóvskaya, and others chanted “Sveta, president,” in reference to the 38-year-old opposition leader.

Riot police, wearing black ski masks, were deployed in the streets of the capital and detained peaceful protesters.

The march was the latest in a series of protests by women demanding the departure of President Lukashenko after his controversial victory in the August 9 presidential election.

At least 95 people, mostly women, were detained in Minsk and other cities, such as Brest, in the south-west of the country, according to the human rights NGO Viasna.

Among those arrested were journalists covering the demonstration.

Several street musicians, who performed a popular song from Soviet times that has become a protest anthem, were also arrested, according to Viasna.

The latest demonstrations took place after Lukashenko was inaugurated for a sixth term during a ceremony kept secret on Wednesday.

The president, who has led the former Soviet republic since 1994, claims 80% of the votes in the August elections, despite the enormous support received by his adversary Tijanóvskaya.

A massive demonstration is expected to take place in Minsk on Sunday.

The main Belarusian opposition channel on Telegram, Nexta Live, which has more than two million subscribers, urged people to take to the streets on Sunday for a symbolic “presidential inauguration of the people of the real president” Tijanóvskaya.

tk-as / har / bc / eg

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