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.
Protests have been going on in the Republic of Belarus since 10 August after the results of the presidential election were announced, giving incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko a landslide victory with over 80% of the votes. Opposition supporters took to the streets to protests against the election which they described as rigged.
Earlier in the day, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko instructed the military command to take "the most stringent measures" to protect the country's territorial integrity in light of mass anti-government protests.
Protests have been going on in Belarus daily for the past two weeks since incumbent President Lukashenko secured a win in the presidential vote, paving the way for his sixth consecutive term in office.
On 20 August, French President Emmanuel Macron called on the European Union to help set up negotiations between the Belarusian government and the opposition and to serve as a mediator on par with Russia and the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), if needed.
On Wednesday, the European Union refused to recognise the outcome of the elections in Belarus and threatened to "impose shortly sanctions on a substantial number of individuals responsible for violence, repression and election fraud".
Mass protests have swept Belarus since the 9 August presidential election results showed incumbent Alexander Lukashenko winning over 80 percent of the vote to claim his sixth term in office. The opposition, combined around politician Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, disputed the results and has been taking to the streets daily since.
The hypocrisy of western lockdown supporters advocating a "regime-change" in Belarus is off the scale. Those calling for the ouster of Lukashenko ought to be focusing on the draconian anti-democratic measures their own governments have enacted against the people in 2020.
The Belarusian Interior Ministry's spokeswoman on Wednesday confirmed that some people were detained near the Minsk Tractor Works plant earlier in the day.
Mass protests have been rocking Belarus since the results of the nation’s presidential election were announced on 9 August, showing incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko securing of 80% of the vote. The opposition refused to acknowledge the results of the vote, accusing the authorities of mass fraud.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Belarusian opposition politician Svetlana Tikhanovskaya has called on the European Council not to recognise the results of the presidential election in her country, which saw incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko re-elected to his sixth term in office.
Belarus was engulfed in a wave of street protests and clashes between police and demonstrators after holding presidential elections on August 9, with forces opposing President Alexander Lukashenko accusing him of falsifying the results, and demanding a ‘peaceful handover of power’.
The message, in both Russian and Belarusian languages, contained no direct reference as to whom it was directed at, with only the imagery used providing a not-so-subtle hint.
Belarus has been engulfed in protests since the release of the results of the presidential election, showing incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko, at the helm of the country for 26 years, winning over 80 percent of the vote.
Vast masses of people can be seen in the video attending the protest that was held mere hours after a pro-government rally attended by President Alexander Lukashenko himself.
According to multiple videos of the incident, the man was unarmed and approached law enforcement officers seconds before collapsing on the ground. Authorities insist that he died after an explosive device, which he intended to throw at the police, blew up in his hands.
Belarus has held a highly contested presidential election. Incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko declared victory with over 80 percent of the vote, paving the way for his sixth term since he assumed office in 1994. The results of the vote sparked mass protests and strikes across the country.
Earlier in the day, the two presidents held a phone conversation, during which they agreed that the problems in Belarus should not be exploited by destructive forces seeking to harm the mutually beneficial cooperation between the two countries.
BERLIN (Sputnik) - Several hundred people are participating in a rally in central Berlin on Saturday to support Belarusian protesters opposing the results of the recent presidential election in the country, a Sputnik correspondent reported.
MINSK (Sputnik) - Valery Tsepkalo, a former contender for Belarusian presidency, has been added to the international wanted persons database, according to the Russian Interior Ministry.
Protests have swept across Belarus following the outcome of the presidential vote in the country that saw the incumbent president Alexander Lukashenko secure his sixth term in the office he has occupied since 1994.