After the presidential election in Belarus, there were bloody clashes between the police and demonstrators in individual locations and the first victory celebrations for the opposition candidate Svetlana Tichanovskaya. The people called on the uniformed men to bow to the will of the electorate and join the people.
In some localities, the police were barely able to resist the crowds, reports close to the opposition Internet portals. In contrast, the police in the capital Minsk used water cannons, rubber bullets and stun grenades against the citizens. There were many injured.
The protests were directed against election fraud and a victory for President Alexander Lukashenko announced by the authorities. There were initially no reactions from him or the election management in the evening. In contrast, the supporters of the presidential candidate Tichanovskaya celebrated the victory of the 37-year-olds against Lukashenko at individual polling stations in the country. In Minsk alone she is said to have won in 20 restaurants.
Even hours after the end of the vote, there were no initial official results from the election commission. The website of the central election control was no longer available. Individual local election commissions appeared in front of the crowds and announced results that Lukashenko had suffered a severe defeat. In part, Tichanovskaya came to between 80 to 90 percent of the vote.
Videos from Minsk showed people building barricades out of dumpsters. Tens of thousands were people on the streets in the capital. Thousands of people marched through the streets celebrating between EU member Poland and Russia and shouting “Long live Belarus!”
In the large city of Baranovich in western Belarus, officials initially fled the demonstrators. Sometimes there were hardly any security forces in the cities – for example in Vitebsk and Kobrin – because they were on duty in the capital. Military vehicles had already taken position in Minsk during the day. Lukashenko, who is considered the “last dictator in Europe“, had threatened the use of the military to maintain his power.
Quelle: What / Dpa