Belarus: new monster demonstration in Minsk, dozens of arrests

Belarusian opposition supporters attend a rally to protest the contested results of the August 9 presidential election in Minsk, September 6, 2020. TUT.BY / AFP

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Tens of thousands of people demonstrated again this Sunday against the re-election of President Alexander Lukashenko.

Several dozen demonstrators were arrested on the sidelines of the demonstration, strongly supervised by the police. 

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Week after week, the slogan remains the same: to challenge the re-election of

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko

.

This Sunday, August 6, tens of thousands of Belarusians

once again beat the pavement

during the 29th day of protest, wearing the red and white colors of the opposition, to demand the departure of the disputed head of state.

Shouting slogans like " 

Tribunal!" 

Or " 

How much are they paying you?"

 »For the police,

the demonstrators

began in the early afternoon to gather in small groups until forming a huge procession which marched in the direction of the independence palace, where Alexander resides Lukashenko.

Seventy-five people were arrested on the sidelines of the processions which converged on the center of the capital Minsk, according to the human rights NGO Viasna.

And like last week, the demonstration was strongly supervised by the police.

Water cannons surrounded the march while the army was stationed around strategic locations.

Metro stations were closed with barriers and barbed wire.

Remember that we are strong as long as we are united

 "

Other protests took place in many towns across the country, including Grodno in the west, where clashes broke out with police.

“ 

Remember that we are strong as long as we are united,

 ” said

Svetlana Tikhanovskaya

, the main opponent who is currently a

refugee in Lithuania

, in a short message

.

She also called on the international community to sanction Alexander Lukashenko and send a UN mission to “ 

document

 ” human rights violations in the country.

For his part, the president continues to refuse dialogue with his opponents while seeking the support of his Russian ally, Vladimir Putin.

(With

AFP

)

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