Belarus’s security forces arrested dozens of protesters on Sunday (11.out.2020) demanding a new presidential election. To do this, they used force, including water cannons and batons, to disperse the crowds. The information is from the news agency Reuters.
Images published by local media showed police officers wearing black balaclavas dragging protesters in unmarked black vans and beating protesters with their truncheons in a demonstration that drew thousands of people to the streets of Minsk, the country’s capital.
A sequence showed a police van launching a jet of water from a cannon to the crowd, visibly pushing the protesters back.
The acts in the country have been carried out since August 9, when dictator Alexander Lukashenko won an election that was considered fraudulent by the population and the European Union. People have been taking to the streets every week to ask for his resignation.
Lukashenko, who has been in power since 1994, declared that the victory did not come through cheating.
The violence in Sunday’s acts comes after a meeting that Lukashenko held on Saturday (10.10.2020) in a Minsk prison with detained opposition leaders, an unusual event that led some opposition activists to believe that he was preparing to do concessions.
Opposition leader Svetlana Tsikhanouskaya, who is now in Lithuania, calls for new elections and the release of all political prisoners.
“We will continue to march peacefully and persistently and demand what is ours: new free and transparent elections”, wrote Tsikhanouskaya on his Telegram channel on Sunday. Similar acts were performed in other cities across the country on Sunday.