Belarusian elderly and pensioners call for putting Lukashenko to a police van! 3rd Monday in a row elderly people come to the streets to protests against current regime in #Belarus
Several thousand retirees marched through the streets of the Belarusian capital as protesters kept up their demand for the ouster of authoritarian ruler Alyaksandr Lukashenka.
The participants in a so-called March of Wisdom in Minsk on October 19 chanted for Lukashenka to “Go away!” following a presidential election in August that the opposition and the West say was rigged.
Pro-Lukashenka pensioners also rallied in the city, many of them men in military and security forces uniforms, with banners with slogans such as “For peace, prosperity, and traditional values.”
The previous day, tens of thousands of protesters marched in Minsk and other cities despite a threat from the Interior Ministry to use deadly force.
Interior Ministry spokeswoman Volha Chemodanova said on October 19 that police detained 280 people for violating the law on mass events, including 215 in the capital, Minsk.
Of those, 237 remain in custody pending a court appearance, she wrote on her Telegram channel.
The authorities deployed military trucks and water cannons in Minsk but police largely refrained from using them to quell the October 18 march.