Dozens Detained During Women's March in Minsk

Clay Curtis
September 27, 2020

The Belarusian federal government generally launches the information for the overall number of individuals jailed on the day after a demonstration.

European leaders have vowed to impose sanctions on Belarusian officials over the post-election violence and have said they do not recognize Lukashenko as president.

Russian Federation stated the EU's choice not to acknowledge Lukashenko as the genuine president contradicted global law and totaled up to indirect meddling in the nation.

"We call on our partners to demonstrate wisdom, restraint and impartiality", said Makei in a pre-recorded speech for the United Nations session held online because of the coronavirus pandemic. Makei stressed that in August, the people of Belarus made their choice during the presidential elections.

The rallies are typically largest on Sundays, sometimes drawing crowds of up to 200,000 people.

The protests in the republic have lasted for the seventh consecutive week, they began after the presidential elections and erupted with renewed vigor after the incumbent President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko secretly held his own inauguration.

Lukashenko has directed a brutal postelection crackdown in response to protests, including thousands of arrests, beatings, and other mistreatment of peaceful protesters, and the expulsions of foreign journalists. Police cracked down on protesters during the first several days of the unrest.

Many members of the Coordination Council, a group that the opposition formed to push for a transition of power, have been arrested or forced to leave the country.

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Lukashenko, a former collective farm manager, has been in office since 1994.

The EU on Thursday said Lukashenko's inauguration lacked "democratic legitimacy" and refused to recognise him as president.

In Lithuania, leading writers, artists, and scientists on September 27 appealed to French President Emmanuel Macron to support protesters in Belarus.

"We are witnessing a power crisis in Belarus with an authoritarian administration that is not able to accept democracy logic", Macron said. "It is clear that Lukashenko has to go".

"Women in particular, who march every Saturday, command our respect", he added. He has not ruled out a meeting with Belarusian opposition leader Tikhanovskaya, who has taken shelter in Lithuania.

Tsikhanouskaya issued a statement on social media condemning the security forces' actions.

"In actual fact, they are nothing but attempts to bring chaos and anarchy to our country to make Belarus lose many years of development", the foreign minister said.

Lukashenko has dismissed opposition calls for his resignation and sought help from Russia's President Vladimir Putin, who has promised military backup if needed and a $1.5 billion loan. During a conversation with the Russian leader, Macron called on Russia to "play its part" in resolving the conflict and noted that this role could be positive if it encourages Lukashenko to release political prisoners.

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