The protests took place in Minsk, the capital, along with other cities, and brought tens of thousands of individuals. In Minsk, big crowds gathered in various areas of the town regardless of the snowy weather for what’s been dubbed as the Neighbors’ March, obstructing the streets in certain regions.
“Neighbor for the neighbor from dictatorship,” one demonstration banner.
Almost 250 demonstrators were arrested in Minsk alone, authorities said.
Mass protests have gripped Belarus, a former Soviet republic in southern Europe, because official results in the Aug. 9 presidential election gave Lukashenko a landslide victory over his popular competition, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya. She and her fans refused to comprehend the outcome, saying the vote had been riddled with fraud.
Police have broken down hard onto the mostly peaceful demonstrations, the largest of which brought up to 200,000 individuals.
On Sunday, authorities once again deployed tear gas and stun grenades to break up a few of the audiences in Minsk, and a few were chased to residential courtyards and defeated truncheons, the Viasna human rights center said. Over 300 individuals are arrested all around the nation, according to the group.
Ahead of this rally, water cannons, armored vehicles, and police trucks were observed in the middle of Minsk. Many subway stations were shut and net access was limited.
On Saturday, Tsikhanouskaya, who left the country shortly after the election under pressure from the police and is now in exile in Lithuania, expanded her service to the protesters.
“I’ll support everybody who participates in the Neighbors’ March this Sunday,” Tsikhanouskaya stated in a video statement. “We’ve come a very long, challenging way together … We are a proud, courageous, calm people who have heard the amount of liberty and will never agree to live without it”