100 000 Belarussians attended Minsk protest rally on Lukashenko’s birthday

100 000 Belarussians attended Minsk protest rally on Lukashenko’s birthday

In Minsk, a weekend mass rally against the rule of Belarusian long-time President Alexander Lukashenko more than 100 000 people have gathered, despite warnings from the Interior Ministry and detentions in the streets of the capital.

Waving banned red-and-white flags that have long been a symbol of opposition to Lukashenka’s rule, the protesters marched toward Minsk’s Independence Square on August 30, ignoring an earlier Interior Ministry call not to assemble.

Riot police blocked the crowds from advancing in several areas of the city and detained at least 125 protesters near Independence Square and elsewhere, according to the Interior Ministry. This far, Alexander Lukashenko has shown no intention of negotiating with the protesters, who he claims are influenced by foreign forces.

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