Belarus Opposition Leader Decries Mass Demonstration Arrests

Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya on Monday denounced a crackdown on serene demonstrators after more than one thousand people were apprehended at a rally versus strongman Alexander Lukashenko.

For three months, tens of thousands have taken to the streets of Belarus on Sundays to protest versus the disputed re-election of Lukashenko, who has actually been in power for more than twenty years.

A Belarus protesters is apprehended by the security forces throughout a crackdown on Sunday’s presentations AFP/ Stringer

The Viasna rights group said that cops apprehended 1,048 individuals at demonstrations on Sunday against the 66-year-old authoritarian leader, who declared a 6th term in August’s challenged election.

It was the largest variety of protesters that cops have swept up since a harsh post-vote crackdown by security services saw almost 7,000 apprehended over several days and triggered extensive claims of abuse and abuse in detention centres.

” More than a thousand people apprehended, numerous people beaten with feet or batons. Is this how you represent power?” Tikhanovskaya stated in a video on the Telegram messaging app on Monday.

The Viasna rights group stated that authorities apprehended 1,048 individuals at the presentations on Sunday AFP/ Stringer

Tikhanovskaya, 38, says she was the true winner of the poll and has gained the assistance of Western leaders, who have actually refused to identify the election results.

The European Union has actually slapped sanctions on Lukashenko, 66, and his allies, enforcing a travel ban and possession freezes over vote-rigging and cops violence.

Tikhanovskaya thanked Belarusians for requiring to the streets on Sunday and stated members of police taking part in crackdowns on peaceful protesters “are not worthy of being called Belarusians.”

After months of presentations against Lukashenko, she also acknowledged that the protest movement looking for brand-new elections and the serene transition of power “ends up being a marathon.”

” Together we will achieve everything, even on this difficult roadway resulting in a complimentary country,” she said.

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