Minsk (Reuters)-Masked police dragged people into vans and fired stun grenades and tear gas to disperse the crowd. Thousands of people marched for the seventh consecutive weekend, demanding veteran Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashin Section resigned.
Protesters marched in Minsk and other cities decorated in opposing colors of red and white, shouting “offenders” and “Saint Vitta is our president.” The Ministry of the Interior said at least 200 people were detained.
Some people claimed that the protest was the “people̵
Lukashenko denied election fraud and held an unveiling ceremony on Wednesday without prior announcement, sparking more protests and condemnation from the European Union, the United States and the United Kingdom.
French President Emmanuel Macron stated in the comments of French media Lukashenko that he must withdraw.
Macron told the Journalist in a comment on Sunday: “We are witnessing the authoritarian crisis in Belarus, and its authoritarian government cannot accept the logic of democracy.”
“Obviously Lukashenko must leave.”
Lukashenko retorted that according to Macron’s logic, French leaders should resign two years ago. At that time, the “yellow vest” protests for economic justice began, and large-scale demonstrations became commonplace in France.
He offered to help Macron negotiate a peaceful transfer of power with those protesting the French authorities.
Lukashenko’s official news agency quoted Lukashenko as saying: “As an experienced politician-for immature politicians-I would like to suggest that Mr. Macron look less around and deal with the internal affairs of France in the end.
Russia said that the EU’s decision not to recognize Lukashenko as the legitimate president is in conflict with international law and amounts to an indirect intervention in the country.
With the support of Russia’s traditional ally, Lukashenko, 66, had worked for more than 25 years as a collective farm manager in the former Soviet Union. He was reluctant to resign.
Police action prompted hackers to retaliate
Witnesses from Reuters said that riot police pulled people out of the crowd and dragged them into trucks. Some subway stations were closed and mobile internet was interrupted. Some protesters wore fake badges to mock Lukashenko’s inauguration.
“Let’s celebrate the inauguration of the People’s President,” said Alexander, a 30-year-old logistics worker, during a protest in Minsk. “First he faked the election, then he faked the inauguration.”
The police said they used tear gas and stun grenades to disperse “disobedient” protesters in the eastern city of Gomel.
Video footage from the local media showed that masked security forces sprayed some substance from the tank on the contents of the tank, while the protesters retreated and shouted “fascism.” When people cheered, a detainee managed to escape from the prison car.
In Minsk, security forces wearing helmets detained some customers in the pizzeria to show their concern.
Since the election, a group of anonymous hackers have begun leaking police personal data in retaliation for suppressing protests.
On Sunday, it released another batch of data from more than 1,000 police officers in Gomel in retaliation against protesters there.
The Belarusian government usually publishes data on the number of people arrested the day after the protest.
The Interior Ministry said police detained 150 people during Saturday’s protests.
Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei on Saturday accused Western countries of preparing new sanctions against Minsk in an attempt to sow “chaos and anarchy.”
Additional reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin and Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber in Moscow; Writing by Matthias Williams; Editing by Barbara Lewis