1000’s of pro-opposition girls marched and tried to breach a police cordon in central Minsk on Saturday whereas ‘motor rallies’ have been held in help of President Alexander Lukashenko, as political turmoil continues in Belarus.
The ladies have been carrying flowers, white-red-white flags and white-red-white umbrellas, and chanting slogans similar to “Disgrace!”, “We won’t overlook, we won’t forgive!” and “Lengthy stay Belarus!” The protesters had deliberate to march alongside Independence Avenue, however minibuses blocked their manner.
Police warned the marchers that their motion was unauthorized and known as on the group to not disturb public order and to interrupt up the gathering. Nonetheless, the marchers ignored the calls – and at one level they even tried to interrupt by means of one of many police cordons blocking a avenue. Footage suggests the try was a hit.
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Whereas no mass arrests came about in the course of the march, US state-run media RFE/RL claimed that two of its reporters, who have been masking the march in a stay broadcast, have been detained by the police.
Rallies have been additionally being held in another cities throughout Belarus, most notably in Brest and Gomel, in accordance with opposition media. There, individuals lined up in chains of solidarity, holding flowers, pink and white flags and balloons of their arms.
Additionally, on Saturday, two ‘motor rallies’ have been staged in Minsk, in help of Lukashenko. In response to information web site tut.by, certainly one of them was held within the metropolis heart beneath the slogan “For Peace, For Belarus.” Greater than 100 vehicles carrying the pink and inexperienced state flags of Belarus took half within the rally. The second motor rally, titled the Golden Ring of Minsk Area, kicked off from the Mound of Glory memorial complicated close to the capital. In response to state information company BelTA, 800 individuals took half in it. The overall size of the route was 200 km.
In the meantime, the Coordination Council of the Belarusian opposition has known as on the nation’s Inner Affairs Minister, Yuri Karaev, to resign or to show himself in. One in every of its best-known members, Maria Kolesnikova, stated he bore duty for the violence from legislation enforcement throughout protests.
“Mister Karaev, on August 13, on the air on Belarusian tv, you took duty for many who have been roughed up. Demise of individuals, violence, unprecedented cruelty and torture of civilians – all of us noticed this,” she outlined, throughout a YouTube broadcast on Saturday, “For those who take duty for these occasions, you’ve two choices – you both resign, or you could flip your self in.”
Kolesnikova added that the opposition plans to create its personal official political motion in Belarus, however warned it would not occur imminently. “It is extremely necessary to grasp that now it has been 20 years, since not a single new occasion was registered within the nation,” she defined. “This implies that the mechanisms for creating a celebration and its registration more than likely don’t work or work very poorly, identical to all different legal guidelines now we have.”
Kolesnikova additionally pressured that members of the Coordination Council of the opposition of Belarus are working voluntarily, with out fee. “None of us has ever obtained cash for what we do,” she stated, including that the council by no means requested the West for funding. “We realized from media about 53 million [euros] that the EU representatives spoke about, however we didn’t ask for it.”
Belarus held its controversial presidential election on August 9. In response to the Central Election Fee, Lukashenko obtained 80 p.c of the vote, whereas the principle opposition candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya garnered 10 p.c. She refused to acknowledge the election’s outcomes, and fled Belarus for Lithuania. Protests erupted within the nation’s capital of Minsk and a number of other different cities following the presidential vote, resulting in clashes between protesters and legislation enforcement officers, who generally responded violently.
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