June 13, 2024

Paull Ank Ford

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Protests in Belarus Continue in Hopes of Forcing New Election

MOSCOW—Tens of countless numbers of men and women collected in the Belarusian capital of Minsk to protest the re-election of President Alexander Lukashenko and the intense crackdown that adopted the disputed presidential vote as the country’s protection ministry warned that disorder in the town wouldn’t be tolerated.

Sunday’s demonstration, dubbed “March for a New Belarus” marked the fifteenth consecutive day that Belarusians have rallied in the hopes of forcing a new election following the Aug. nine poll in which Mr. Lukashenko claimed an 80% victory over his principal rival Svetlana Tikhanovskaya.

Supporters of Ms. Tikhanovskaya, who was compelled to flee Belarus for neighboring Lithuania shortly right after the election, believe that the vote was neither free nor truthful. The European Union is making ready sanctions in opposition to officers they say are responsible for rigging the poll and violently dispersing protesters, though emphasizing that only Belarusians can take care of the turmoil there.

Footage on social media showed swarms of men and women waving flags and contacting on Mr. Lukashenko, who has been in power for 26 yrs, to leave. Opposition activists claimed Sunday’s group swelled to some two hundred,000 men and women, though the interior ministry claimed attendance didn’t exceed 6,one hundred men and women.

There was a significant presence of protection forces and the interior ministry urged men and women not to show up at the rally.