Belarus Protests Reach 50th Day as 100,000 Flood Streets

Nellie Chapman
September 29, 2020

In her interview, Tikhanovskaya said Macron could encourage Russian President Vladimir Putin, a key ally of Belarusian strongman president Alexander Lukashenko, to take part in the dialogue.

Tikhanovskaya, who claimed victory over Lukashenko in the election and has taken shelter in neighbouring Lithuania, has rallied support from European leaders.

The Belarusian president went on to note that, as well as the Yellow Vests, France also needs to deal with the BLM movement as well as "Muslim protests" - apparently referring to the 2019 anti-Islamophobia demonstrations.

"What's happening in Belarus is a crisis of power, an authoritarian power that is unable to accept the logic of democracy", Gabriel Attal said, adding that Macron would meet Tikhanovskaya "if she asks" during a visit to Lithuania, where she has fled.

Lukashenko, who has ruled ex-Soviet Belarus for 26 years, has also accused various Western countries and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation of supporting protesters or trying to destabilise the country.

Around 100,000 were on the streets for the 50th consecutive day on Sunday, ahead of Macron's trip to Lithuania and Latvia on Monday.

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On Sunday, he told the French weekly the Journal du Dimanche he was impressed with the courage of protesters and that it was clear Lukashenko "has to go".

In the first three days of demonstrations in August, police used tear gas, truncheons and rubber bullets to disperse crowds. Makei's remarks to the worldwide community, which included saying "the people made their choice" in the election, could fuel further protests Sunday.

Belarus' foreign minister warned Western nations Saturday against imposing sanctions over the country's disputed presidential election and crackdown on protesters, saying their expressions of concern are "nothing but attempts to bring chaos and anarchy to our country". 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.

On the day of the inauguration, Belarus state news agency Belta reported that the ceremony was "taking place in the capital of Minsk, with several hundred top government officials present".

Macron has previously urged Belarus authorities to stop unlawful arrests, release protesters detained arbitrarily and respect election results.

"Men and women of Belarus are subjected to inhuman torture".

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