Protests erupted across large swathes of Belarus, with people taking to the streets following the announcement of the official results of the presidential “elections”: Alexander Lukashenko, sometimes called the ‘Last Dictator of Europe’, marked himself as winning 80% of the vote. But election observers note wide-spread rigging and fraud, and alternative vote counts state that opposition candidate Sviatlana Cichanoŭskaja is the actual victor of the elections.
Protest gatherings turned into confrontations with law enforcement agents and soldiers: tear gas, flashbang grenades, and water cannons were used to suppress the protesters. In Minsk, demonstrators were driven out of the center of the city, while in some places (for example, Žodzina and Kobryn, for example), special services sided with the protesters. Over 200 people were detained at the protests, according to human rights organization Viasna. People dispersed around 3 a.m., shouting “Tomorrow!”
Pictures from the protests in Belarus – in our report.
Warning: Some of these photos may depict scenes of violence.
People gathered in Minsk in order to express their disagreement with the official results of the presidential “election” in Belarus. According to the regime, Alexander Lukashenko, sometimes called ‘The Last Dictator of Europe’, was noted as having 80% of the votes. Photo: Nexta
Law enforcement in Minsk gather near protesters who gathered to demonstrate the preliminary “election” results. Photo: TUT.BY
Protesters carry a wounded comrade into an ambulance in Minsk. Photo: EPA-EFE / TATYANA ZENKOVICH
Emergency medical workers provide first aid to an injured protester during clashes with regime security forces in Minsk. Photo: EPA-EFE / TATYANA ZENKOVICH
An injured protester in Minsk receiving first aid. Photo: Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty
Protesters carry an injured comrade during the protests in Minsk. Photo: Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty
An emergency medical worker provides first aid to an injured protester in Minsk. Photo: Nexta
Protesters hold up a white-red-white flag, symbolizing Belarus, in front of a group of armed regime security agents in Minsk. Photo: EPA-EFE / TATYANA ZENKOVICH
Protesters in Minsk flee from a wall of tear gas. Photo: EPA-EFE / TATYANA ZENKOVICH
A police truck rams into protesters in Minsk. Photo: EPA-EFE / TATYANA ZENKOVICH
Regime security forces detain and abduct a protester in Minsk. Photo: EPA-EFE / TATYANA ZENKOVICH