Updated at 01:25,03-03-2021

Anti-Lukašenka protesters demonstrate in Minsk for 13th consecutive Sunday

By BelaPAN

Anti-Lukašenka protesters demonstrate in Minsk for 13th consecutive Sunday
Many thousands of people gathered in central Minsk on November 8 to demonstrate for the resignation of Aliaksandr Lukašenka and demand a new presidential election.

The anti-Lukašenka demonstration, held for the 13th consecutive Sunday since Belarus’ August 4-9 presidential election, was called a March of People’s Rule.

Just like on previous Sundays, authorities made an active effort to prevent protesters from forming a huge crowd.

As a result, there were several crowds simultaneously demonstrating in different parts of the Belarusian capital, chanting “Long Live Belarus!” “We believe, we can, we’ll overcome!” and “Go away!”

Officers of the interior ministry’s Organized Crime and Corruption Department and units of the KGB, the Interior Troops and the Special Operations Force of the Belarusian Armed Forces, and even police units from other cities were reportedly involved in suppressing the demonstrations and arresting participants.

Hundreds of people were arrested. In many instances, brutal force was used during arrests.

Among those arrested were reporters at work, young women walking with flowers in their hands, accidental cyclists and bystanders.

Armed uniformed men in balaclavas chased protesters in back streets, yards and even shopping malls.

They searched shoppers’ bags and arrested people if a red-white-flag was found.

According to human rights defenders, protesters were also arrested on Sunday in Babrujsk, Viciebsk, Homieĺ and Liachavičy.