Presidential elections in Belarus: Proters gather in nine cities, including Minsk

Source : 112 Ukraine

Belarusian militia tried to disperse people almost in all cities
09:59, 10 August 2020

protests in Belarus

In Belarus, on elections’ day, the protests took place in eight cities besides Minsk – Lida, Baranovichi, Brest, Grodno, Zhodino, Zhlobino, Pinsk, Kobrino, as Mediazona reported.

In Lida (Western Belarus, population over 100,000 people) over 1,000 people gathered for protests near the city government. The protesters shouted: Count fair! and Shame! Later, the clashes took place between activists and law enforcers.

In Baranovichi (Western Belarus, 175,000 people) according to mass media, the stun grenades were used against a few thousands of protesters. However, OMON (Special Purpose Mobile Unit) was forced to run away from counter-offensive.

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In Brest (Western Belarus, 340,000 people) a crowd of people with white-red-white flags walked down the streets. The scuffle took place between activists and law enforcers: the violent clashes took place after that. Tear-gas was used against the protesters.

In Grodno (Western Belarus, 368,000 people) the law enforcers used gas against the protesters. About 40 people, including five journalists, were detained.

In Zhodino (Central Belarus, 63,000 people) about 1,000 people gathered near the local city government. OMON started to push people back. Firstly, militiamen urged people to disperse but then they laid down the shields, started to run after people and detain them.

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In Zhlobino (Eastern Belarus, 76,000 people) protesters gathered without constraints from the side of the law enforcers. lather, a militia with shields were sent to the protesters; a few people were detained.

In Pinsk (Southern Belarus, 138,000 people) the head of the city government came before the protesters.

In Kobrin (Western Belarus, 52,000 people) a few hundreds of protesters walked down the streets. During the protest, the law enforcers laid down the shields and put them on the ground.

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On August 9, the clashes of the protesters with lar enforcers started in Minsk. The law enforcers used stun grenades and water cannons against the protesters.

The presidential elections took place in Belarus the same day. According to the results of the national exit poll, current president Alexander Lukashenko gains 79.7%.  Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya is supported by 6.8% of people.

Meanwhile, foreign polling stations reported that Svetlana Tsikhanouskaya won.


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