Aleksandr Lukashenko reconfirmed president of the Belarus for the sixth term with 80.23% of the votes. Thus ends the most contested election of the last ten years a Minsk, which reconfirms the leadership of the country master father who rules it with an iron fist since 1994 and unleashes the street revolt, with the opposition led by the defeated candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya denouncing i fraud, does not recognize the results of the vote and asks “those who believe their voice has been stolen from do not be silent “.
While the Russia of Vladimir Putin, which has always been an ally of Minsk, and the China by Xi Jinping congratulate the winner, throughout the country the tension is very high: in the night thousands of Belarusians they took to the streets in the night to protest. The clashes with the police, who fired rubber bullets, launched tear and used fire hydrants against the demonstrators who contested the validity of the vote, ended up in blood: a demonstrator was killed, dozens of people were injured (more than 50 civilians and 39 officers) and over 3,000 were arrested. 12 hours missing Maxim Solopov, special correspondent of the independent Russian newspaper Jellyfish: for the Russian media Daily Storm he was beaten by the security forces Belarusian while he was documenting the fierce fighting a Minsk. E Internet it has stopped working in many parts of the city.
The “conspiracy” of foreign powers – Lukashenko it minimizes the extent of the protests, which are “directed” from abroad. “Special services have recorded calls from Poland, from Great Britain and from Czech Republic“, Declared the eternal president of Belarus, today more than ever observed special of the international community. Convinced that the police are giving an “adequate response” to the riots, he warned that “we will not allow the country to be torn apart” and that in Belarus “There won’t be a square Maidan, no matter how much someone wants it ”, referring to the symbolic place of the revolution in Ukraine Of 2014 which led to the fall of the pro-Russian Viktor Yanukovic and to the passage to of Kiev in the sphere of influence western. And he added: “I will not talk about the Poland: from there they try to pull the strings. I will not talk aboutUkraine: a lot of people came from there. I am sure this is not state policy but there are many Maidan sufferers there. Unfortunately some people also came from Russia ”.
Brussels: “Counting of votes is transparent” – On the violence the president of the European Commission also spoke Ursula von der Leyen, which asks the “Belarusian authorities to ensure that the votes in yesterday’s elections are counted e published accurately “, in addition to reiterating that” the persecution and violent repression of peaceful demonstrators have no place in Europe”And that“ fundamental rights in Belarus must be respected ”. Also the President of the European Council Charles Michel and the German government condemn the violence: the spokesman for the Merkel considers it “unacceptable” that the “minimum democratic standards” have not been maintained and for the German foreign minister Heiko Maas the European Union should reintroduce sanctions against Minsk. Warsawinstead, he calls for an extraordinary European summit because “the authorities have used force against their citizens who were demanding change in the country. We must support the Belarusian people in their quest for freedom, ”the premier said Mateusz Morawiecki.
The opposition – On the opposition front, it is addressed in the candidate’s electoral team Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, which does not recognize the presidential results reported by the Central Electoral Commission because “they contradict reality and are completely contrary to common sense”. The result actually clashes with every recent one analysis opinion poll – albeit rare – and with the ‘mood’ recorded in the squares of the country in recent months, also due to the poor management of the epidemic of Covid-19 by the authorities. “Now they must now think about how transfer power in a peaceful way because so far they have only followed one path, that of violence versus peaceable Belarusians. What happened yesterday is unacceptable, ”he said Tikhanovskaya which condemned the violence against “peaceful demonstrators” and the blockade of Internet, stopped most of the night and partially resumed only this morning. The authorities, he added, “try to maintain their positions by force” instead of allowing peaceful change.
Protests before the vote – Just a few days ago a Minsk over 60 thousand people took to the streets to protest against Lukashenko, an event that had not happened for at least 10 years. On the final day of the vote – the polls had opened on 4 August – they were registered long queues at the polling stations. According to the president of the Belarusian Central Electoral Commission, Lidiya Yermoshina, however, it was “a real sabotage, a organized provocation”And for this reason he did not grant an extension of the voting time. The police, in fear of possible riots, had closed the Independence square of the Capital, where both the government and the Commission buildings are located.
Defeated oppositions – Nothing to do, therefore, for Svetlana Tikhanovskaja, the 37-year-old housewife with no political experience who ran after her husband, the vlogger Serghej Tikhanovskij, was arrested and excluded from the race. Many saw her as the only possible competitor for Lukashenko, but the first exit polls already assigned her a meager result: 6.8%. At the end of the ballot, it reached 9.9. The invitation to his militants to go to vote wearing gods was useless white bracelets, in such a way as to be identifiable as supporters of the opposition. Tikhanovskaya did not spend the night in his apartment for security reasons and several members of his electoral team have been stopped by the police in recent days. On Saturday the agents also stopped the person responsible for her election campaign, Maria Morozwhile she fled abroad Veronika Tsepkalo, one of the main allies of the opposition candidate. Also useless are the appeals to support “every policeman and every officer who refuses to obey a criminal order“.