Protesters with old Belarusian national flags march during an opposition rally to protest the official presidential election results in Minsk, Belarus, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020. Protests calling for the authoritarian president's resignation broke out after an Aug. 9 election that officials say gave him a sixth term in office and that opponents say was rigged. (AP Photo/TUT.by)

March of 100,000 results week 7 from Belarus protests

Protests also took place in many different cities, such as Brest and Grodno.

The audience in Minsk comprised about 100,000 people, said Ales Bialiatski, head of the Viasna human rights firm. He said dozens of demonstrators were detained in Minsk and Grodno.

Protests started Aug. 9 following an election that official results state gave President Alexander Lukashenko a sixth term in office; competitions and a few poll workers say that the results were manipulated.

Lukashenko, with repressed opposition and independent news media during 26 years in power, has rejected ideas of dialog with the protesters. Many members of the Coordination Council which was shaped by the resistance to push for a glimpse of power have been detained or have fled the country.

The Minsk demonstrators completed the red-and-white flags which were separate Belarus’ national benchmark before being substituted in 1995, early in Lukashenko’s tenure. Some bore placards constituting Lukashenko as a mustachioed cockroach.

Although protests have happened daily because of the election, the Sunday parties in Minsk have been undoubtedly the biggest, bringing audiences of as many as 200,000 individuals.

“Every Sunday, you’re showing the world the Belarusian men and women are the energy,” Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, that had been Lukashenko’s most important election competition, stated in a video message in Lithuania, where she’s in exile.

The marchers also took portraits of Maria Kolesnikova, a leading opposition figure that has been detained for 2 weeks and is facing charges of endangering state safety that could deliver a last-minute prison sentence. Kolesnikova has stated security forces drove her to the boundary with Ukraine to attempt to make her leave the country, however she tore her up so that she could not cross the boundary.

In a statement by her attorney on Sunday, Kolesnikova urged protesters to last.

Don’t be scared to be free,” she explained. “I don’t regret anything would do the same again.”

Additionally, Sunday, Interior Ministry spokeswoman Olga Chemodanova reported an investigation was opened to the launch by hackers of their private information of over 1,000 workers of this ministry, which runs the police forces.