More than 1,000 demonstrators took part in a march in the Belarusian capital on November 2 to demand the resignation of Alyaksandr Lukashenka, a day after hundreds of people were detained by police during a similar protest against a disputed presidential election.
The demonstrators, including many pensioners, marched through the streets of Minsk, carrying the banned white-red-white flags that have become a symbol of the political opposition in Belarus.
Participants chanted slogans such as “Lukashenka! Tribunal!” and “Until victory, until the end!”
No detentions were reported during the retirees’ regular Monday protest.
The 12th successive Sunday of mass protests in Minsk, Belarus against the Lukashenko dictatorship, as pro-democracy protests enter November.
On November 1, law enforcement officers used stun grenades and rubber bullets to disperse thousands of demonstrators in Minsk and detained about 300 people, according to the Interior Ministry.
The Investigative Committee said 231 of those arrested were recognized as suspects in a criminal case that had been opened into “actions that grossly violate public order.”
The protesters had marched from the center of the city to a Soviet-era execution site for rallies coinciding with an annual march that commemorates victims of Soviet-era killings buried at Kurapaty on the outskirts of Minsk.
“About 300 people were detained in Minsk and the Minsk region for breaking laws on mass gatherings,” the ministry said on its Telegram channel.
Four journalists were among those detained on November 1, two of whom were “severely beaten,” Boris Goretsky of the Belarusian Association of Journalists, told RFE/RL’s Belarus Service. Tens of thousands protest in Belarus, defying threats and warning shots.Protest is going on, students have displayed impressive political solidarity and protest over 2 months. University authorities responded with harsh repressions: arrests and expulsion of students, firing/resignation of academic staff
United States and the United Kingdom have urged Belarus to release “political prisoners” and protesters detained for participation in the anti government demonstrations in the country.
Protests erupted in Belarus in mid-August, after incumbent Alexander Lukashenko’s victory in a presidential election. The opposition against leader led by a dictator (Lukashenko), who has been in power since 1994. Protests have been going on there for more than a month.
Lukashenka has repeatedly accused the opposition and critics of being foreign-backed puppets.
He has bolstered forces at Belarus’s western borders and accused Poland and Baltic states of trying to destabilize Belarus.