The determination of the demonstrators does not weaken in Minsk, Belarus.

Despite a strong police presence, tens of thousands of Belarusians marched once again, Sunday, September 6, in the Belarusian capital to denounce the re-election of President Alexander Lukashenko.

Wielding the white and red colors of the opposition, the crowd converged from different parts of Minsk towards the city center, where a strong security device was put in place with the deployment of armored vehicles and the army around several important buildings, reports AFP.

"People on the spot believe that there are as many people as last week. This remains a record mobilization, they may be 100,000 or more, not to mention those who demonstrate in regional centers in the provinces", indicates Gulliver Gragg, the France 24 correspondent in the region.

According to AFP journalists, the mobilization was greater than that of previous weekends, and more than 100,000 Belarusians marched.

Several dozen demonstrators were arrested on the sidelines of the demonstration, according to the Belarusian human rights group Viasna.

The NGO has identified at least 37 people who were arrested on the sidelines of this protest.

Record mobilization in Belarus: new opposition demonstration


Merger with Moscow

This demonstration is the fifth organized by the Belarusian opposition, which marches every Sunday.

Far from shrinking in front of this unprecedented mobilization, President Alexander Lukashenko prefers to toughen up his tone.

The head of state, who denounces a Western plot, is increasingly seeking the support of Moscow, which seems ready to give it to him, as evidenced by the visit this week to Minsk by Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Michoustine.

Vladimir Putin, meanwhile, has already promised to send Russian forces to Belarus if the protest turns violent.

Lukashenko toughens his repression

This week was marked by the authorities' stern response to the student parades.

Since the start of the September 1, they have gone on strike and carried out several actions to denounce the power of Alexander Lukashenko, at the head of the country for 26 years.

Several dozen of them were arrested.

About twenty Belarusian journalists were also arrested. 

"Remember that we are strong as long as we are united," said opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, a refugee in Lithuania, in a short video message.

It is at his call that, since the election, Belarusians meet every Sunday in Minsk to express their opposition to Alexander Lukashenko.

These historic events brought together more than 100,000 people, a record in the country's history.

With AFP

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