Mass protests that turned into riots began across Belarus on the evening of 9 August after the official results of the presidential election showed incumbent president, Alexander Lukashenko, winning a landslide victory with over 80 percent of the vote.
According to the results published by the Central Electoral Commission, opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya finished second with 10.09 percent. Tikhanovskaya's campaign has refused to recognise the official results and claimed that the data from every region in Belarus would put her at 70-80 percent.
Some 5,000 people have been detained during the demonstrations. According to the Interior Ministry, one man died while attempting to throw an unidentified explosive device at law enforcement officers.
The US joined 28 other countries on Thursday in calling for an end to internet shutdowns in Belarus, where protests against President Alexander Lukashenko’s reelection have raged since his August victory. Minsk has accused the US of orchestrating the demonstrations.
Belarus has been engulfed by protests for almost a month in the wake of the highly-contested presidential election results that saw Alexander Lukashenko re-elected for a sixth term. The Interior Ministry has repeatedly called on citizens not to take part in unauthorised mass demonstrations.
Belarus is currently facing mass opposition protests that broke out following the presidential election that saw President Alexander Lukashenko reelected for a sixth term.
Protesters have taken to the streets of Minsk for another day of protests, marching towards the residence of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko in Minsk.
Protests in Belarus have been ongoing for weeks, ignited by the results of the presidential vote that secured a sixth consecutive win for incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko. The opposition has rejected the official results, maintaining that it was, in fact, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, the key opposition figure, who won the election.
Over 6,700 people have been detained in Belarus in the wake of protests after the 9 August presidential vote, won by incumbent Alexander Lukashenko. Hundreds have been hurt in clashes with the security forces, including over 150 officers, prompting the government to order the personnel to stand down.
MINSK (Sputnik) - Up to 1,000 protesters, most of them women, gathered in the centre of the Belarusian capital on Saturday to protest against police violence during anti-government rallies throughout the country.
PETROPAVLOVSK-KAMCHATSKIY (Sputnik) - Russia recognises the legitimacy of the 9 August presidential election in Belarus, President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday in an interview with the Rossiya 1 television channel.
The European Union previously stated it did not recognise recent elections in Belarus, also promising to impose sanctions against Minsk, blacklisting the country's officials.
Protests swept across Belarus after the presidential election on 9 August, which saw Alexander Lukashenko re-elected for a sixth term. While electoral authorities maintain that Lukashenko received over 80 percent of the vote, the opposition insists that his key contender, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, won the election.
MINSK (Sputnik) - Minsk police took a group of journalists, who planned to cover an unauthorized opposition rally in the centre of Minsk, to a police station "to establish their identity", Natalya Ganusevich, a spokeswoman for the police department of the Minsk City Executive Committee, said.
Belarus was engulfed in a wave of protests following the August 9th presidential election in which incumbent Alexander Lukashenko comfortably secured a sixth term. Opposition candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya refused to accept the results, accused Lukashenko of fraud, and demanded that he begin negotiations on a ‘peaceful transition of power’.
On Sunday evening, Belarusian President Lukashenko arrived at the presidential palace in Minsk by helicopter and was seen holding an assault rifle in his hands.
On Saturday, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said that bringing the main part of the country's armed forces to full combat alert was his most serious decision in the past 25 years. This comes after the president declared victory in a highly-contested vote that sparked nationwide protests.
Earlier in the day, tens of thousands of people marched across central Minsk during an unauthorised anti-government rally.
Anti-government protests have continued in Belarus for more than two weeks now, with demonstrators taking to the streets to express their anger over the results of the August 9 presidential election in the republic which they believe was rigged in favour of Lukashenko.
Belarus has been engulfed in demonstrations and strikes that have been ongoing for two weeks in response to a disputed presidential vote that saw incumbent President Lukashenko secure his sixth consecutive term in office.
The president showed up at a rally of his supporters in Grodno following two weeks of opposition-organised protests and strikes in the country. Lukashenko accused foreign countries of funding the riots with the aim of ousting him under the made-up pretext of rigging the election.
Earlier in the day, Lukashenko said that putting the army on combat alert and deploying troops on Belarus' western borders was his main decision in 25 years.
MINSK (Sputnik) - The police in Minsk have detained a 34-years-old man who was coordinating protests and paying people for joining anti-government rallies, the country’s Interior Ministry said on Saturday.