Belarus protest: Lukashenko deploys troops as thousands rally | DW News
As of four o’clock in the afternoon in Moscow, four detainees are known
Minsk and other Belarusian cities are hosting the first Sunday protest in 2021 against the election of Alexander Lukashenko to the presidency and police violence. The events are being monitored by the Belarusian Service of Radio Liberty.
In different districts of large cities, residents gather in groups, carry white-red-white national flags that are actually prohibited by the authorities and chant slogans in defense of democracy, fair elections and against Lukashenka and representatives of his regime. As of 4 p.m. Moscow time, four detainees are known.
Belarusian citizens have been protesting since late summer, demanding the end of the rule of Lukashenka, who has held the presidency since the summer of 1994. Protesters, like many countries in the world, do not recognize the results of the presidential elections in August. Opposition leaders expelled or imprisoned.
In addition, in front of the building of the Institute of Journalism of the Belarusian State University, not far from the center of Minsk, a rally was held in support of journalists who were subjected to violence and harassment while covering the protests. Participants held posters with captions "1200 days behind bars", "62 beaten journalists", "15 criminal cases", "497 detentions of journalists" and "Belarusian realities: an honest journalist is a dishonest article".
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