Tens of thousands of people marched through the streets in Belarus on Sunday against President Alexander Lukashenko, despite the threat of live ammunition from the police, who arrested around 100 people.
The Belarusians once again mobilized en masse this Sunday against President Alexander Lukashenko. Several tens of thousands marched through the streets of the capital Minsk, despite threats from the Interior Ministry, which announced that the police would no longer hesitate to resort to live ammunition, “if necessary“.
If no gunshot was recorded, nearly 100 people would have been arrested, according to the spokesperson for the Ministry of the Interior.
“We cannot go back. If they start shooting then there will be more people in the streets“said Angela Krassovskaïa, one of the demonstrators.
Another protester, Maria Petrovich, felt that “the level of violence perpetrated by the authorities is unprecedented“She said she was ready to continue until the departure of Alexander Lukashenko.
This demonstration is the first since the ultimatum fixed by the opponent in exile, Svetlana Tikhanovskaïa. She has given President Lukashenko until October 25 to step aside, otherwise she will call for a general strike. But the head of state, in power for 26 years, has shown no intention of complying with the demands of his detractors.
Tikhanovskaïa, Nobel Peace Prize 2021?
In his ultimatum, the opponent Svetlana Tikhanovskaïa, in addition to the resignation of Mr. Loukachenko, called for an end to police pressure and the release of all “political prisoners”.
In another message released on Sunday, she called on her fellow citizens to “continue to express our demands in a peaceful and resolute manner“. “We will not stop until every political prisoner has been released, the security forces begin to protect their people, and law and fair elections return to Belarus.“.
While Lukashenko enjoys the support of Moscow, he is under threat of sanctions from the European Union, which rejected the results of the August 9 election and has already sanctioned 40 regime officials, including the Minister of the Interior and his deputy.
The three opposition leaders, Svetlana Tikhanovskaïa, Maria Kolesnikova and Veronika Tsepkalo were nominated for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize by a Norwegian deputy “for their fantastic courage “ and “their fight for fair elections in Belarus.“