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Lots of arrested in Minsk as protesters goal for elite district the place Lukashenko’s prime officers dwell

Hundreds arrested in Minsk as protesters aim for elite district where Lukashenko’s top officials live

Protesters in Minsk tried to make their option to the elite district the place prime Belarusian authorities officers reside, however had been met by a big police power on the way in which. No less than 400 folks had been arrested throughout Sunday’s protests.

1000’s of individuals took half in Sunday’s protest in opposition to President Alexander Lukashenko, which the pro-opposition social media dubbed “the march of heroes.” As an alternative of beginning within the middle of the capital like most earlier rallies, Sunday’s march aimed for the luxurious Drozdy district, which hosts the homes of the nation’s prime politicians and enterprise figures, together with one of many residences of President Lukashenko.

Telegram channels coordinating the protests notably leaked the addresses of a number of officers forward of the march, with the protesters being inspired to “pay them a go to.”

Nonetheless, when the column of demonstrators approached the flip to Drozdy, they had been met with a large police power in riot gear cordoning off the way in which with fences.

In the meantime, footage shot close to Lukashenko’s official residence not far off from the scene confirmed armored autos and barbed wire deployed in anticipation of the ‘march of heroes.’

Movies confirmed protesters being repelled and redirected, with many marching on within the path of the residential space.

One other clip surfaced on social media displaying a masked man in civilian clothes capturing his pump rifle into the air and demonstrators fleeing.

The Inside Ministry initially denied the studies of gunshots, however then mentioned that one in all its officers was compelled to make use of the weapon to stop “unlawful motion” by the protesters, who tried to cease legislation enforcers from making an arrest.

The gang spent round an hour outdoors Lukashenko’s residence, chanting anti-government slogans however remaining peaceable. After apparently realizing that the elite district was off limits, the demonstrators moved out to the central a part of town.

The police made quite a few arrests in a number of elements of Minsk throughout the day. No less than 400 folks had been detained, in keeping with a police spokeswoman.

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Massive-scale protests have been happening in Belarus because the contested election on August 9, during which Lukashenko gained his sixth time period as president, claiming 80 % of the vote. Opposition candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, who has since fled to Lithuania, insists that she gained extra votes and that the depend was rigged.

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