Hundreds of Belarus Women March On Streets, Protestor Dies In Custody

Alexander Lukashenko’s iron grip over Belarus now being threatened by protests.

Sohil Nikam

August 13, 2020

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Wednesday saw hundreds of women marching on the streets, demanding democratic reforms as Belarus erupted with protests against dictator Alexander Lukashenko‘s long reign. The women, dressed in white, formed a human chain outside a covered food market in the capital city of Minsk. The police have been using heavy force against the protestors in some parts of the country, and it was reported that one arrested protestor had died in police custody. Protestors are staging what are called flower protests to display their peaceful intent.

Demonstrations started all over Belarus following the release of the official exit polls on Sunday that predicted a thumping victory for Alexander Lukashenko, who is called the last dictator of Europe. Thousands of arrests have since been made in a massive crackdown on the protests. The anger amidst the crowds is due to a widespread opinion that the elections have been rigged. Lukashenko’s main opposition candidate has already fled the country to Lithuania. Svetlana Tikhanovskaya had stood in for her husband as an opposition candidate after he was jailed in the run-up to the election.

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