Belarus continues to protest against the official results of last Sunday's presidential election.
Earlier, Central Election Commission announced the election results, according to which incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko wins the first round with a result of slightly more than 80% of the vote. His main opponent, oppositionist Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, according to official data, received only 10.09% of the vote.
A lot of Belarusians did not accept such election results and took it out on the streets of cities with protests.
We wrote about the first day of protests in detail and with photos here, and about the second day here. We will remind about them some theses:
- There were a lot of people in the first two days (and nights).
- Protests took place in many cities: in Minsk, Lida, Baranovichi, Grodno, Zhodino, Pinsk, Kobryn and others.
- Security forces used special means against protesters, which was admitted by Lukashenko.
- Major problems with the Internet started in the country.
- At first, there was a report about the death of one of the protesters. But later it was found untrue (unfortunately, on the second day of the protests one person died).
- Lukashenko called the election a holiday, and the protesters – sheep controlled from abroad.
- Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya recorded two video appeals and left the country. She went to Lithuania.
- An indefinite strike was announced across the country on August 11.
Following the results of the first day of protests, the Investigative Committee of the Republic of Belarus announced the opening of 21 criminal cases. They are being investigated under articles for riots, hooliganism, resistance, and violence against police officers.
It is known that more than 5,000 people were detained.
Now let us tell you about the third day and night of the protests.
Third night of the protests
- Protests from the center of Minsk moved to sleeping areas, in particular, to Uruchcha.
- The security forces continued to use special means (light and noise grenades, tear gas, etc.).
- The riot police (OMON) stormed the entrances of houses where protesters could hide on Bulvar Rokossovskogo.
- In addition to Uruchcha, clashes were recorded in Serebryanka and Kamyana Hirka neighborhoods.
- OMON beat several journalists, including from the AP and the BBC.
What is known as of the morning, August 12
- The state media of Belarus reported the detention of the alleged “coordinator of mass rallies.”
- The Internet was partially restored.
- The sale of pyrotechnics has been banned in Belarus.