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Belarus

It's the weekend!

'Security forces in Belarus detained dozens of protesters on Sunday and used force, including water cannon and batons, to break up crowds demanding a new presidential election, TV footage showed.

'Footage published by local news outlets showed police officers wearing black balaclavas dragging protesters into unmarked black vans and beating protesters with their batons at a rally that drew thousands onto the streets of Minsk, the capital.

'One sequence showed a police van unleashing a powerful jet of water from a cannon into crowds, visibly pushing them back.'


 
Looks like things are about to get uglier. I'm pretty sure the Belarusian security forces don't do 'herois constraint'.

'Belarus’ government says police will now be permitted to use firearms against protesters “if need be” as demonstrations demanding the resignation of President Alexander Lukashenko continued Monday.

'The Interior Ministry said in a statement Monday that the rallies “have become organized and extremely radical.”

"In this regard, the Interior Ministry's employees and internal troops will not leave the streets and, if necessary, will use special equipment and military weapons," it said.

'The ministry also announced Monday that more than 700 people were detained in demonstrations a day earlier. It said that of those detained Sunday, 570 of them were still in custody awaiting a court hearing.

'More than 2,000 mostly elderly people took part Monday in a "march of pensioners" against the government in the capital, Minsk. They chanted “go away” and some waved flags symbolizing the opposition.

'Videos from the demonstration showed police responding with flare guns and tear gas.'


 
Looks like things are about to get uglier. I'm pretty sure the Belarusian security forces don't do 'herois constraint'.

'Belarus’ government says police will now be permitted to use firearms against protesters “if need be” as demonstrations demanding the resignation of President Alexander Lukashenko continued Monday.

'The Interior Ministry said in a statement Monday that the rallies “have become organized and extremely radical.”

"In this regard, the Interior Ministry's employees and internal troops will not leave the streets and, if necessary, will use special equipment and military weapons," it said.

'The ministry also announced Monday that more than 700 people were detained in demonstrations a day earlier. It said that of those detained Sunday, 570 of them were still in custody awaiting a court hearing.

'More than 2,000 mostly elderly people took part Monday in a "march of pensioners" against the government in the capital, Minsk. They chanted “go away” and some waved flags symbolizing the opposition.

'Videos from the demonstration showed police responding with flare guns and tear gas.'


When things get that far it is a sign that the government is getting desparate and running out of ideas.
 

Zhopa

War Hero
I think this is a response to the increased violence:


Ultimatum to Lukashenko: three demands (including stepping down and ending police violence) by 25th October or we shut the country down with strikes and demos.

Risky, but otherwise they continue to not convert any of the outrage into political change, as the weather gets colder and fewer people can be out on the streets.
 
In view of what she’s said above, Tsikhanouskaya is on both Belarus’s and Russia’s wanted list. Russia joining in due to a bloc agreement, CSTO?

I’m sure she’s taking adequate precautions with regard to her imbibing of tea and other liquids:

Belarus has put opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya on its wanted list for allegedly making calls to overthrow the constitutional order, the interior ministry of close ally Russia said on Friday.

Tsikhanouskaya fled to neighbouring Lithuania shortly after a disputed Aug. 9 election and has since met European political leaders and called for her country’s longtime president Alexander Lukashenko, to leave power.

She later appeared on Russia’s wanted list, something Russia’s Interior Ministry said had happened through a mechanism outlined in a regional bloc that both Russia and Belarus are members of.
 
Published by: RFE/RL, on 18 October 2020.

For 11th Week In A Row, Thousands March In Minsk To Protest Lukashenka.

Thousands of Belarusian citizens took to the streets on October 18 to protest the authoritarian rule of Alyaksandr Lukashenka, despite authorities' threat to open fire on demonstrators.

Amid a heavy police presence, citizens peacefully marched through the center of Minsk, the nation’s capital, carrying the banned red-and-white flag of the opposition, as the nationwide protest movement reached its 11th week.

“Look out the window. Stop watching TV,” the protesters chanted, a reference to state-controlled media downplaying the size and peaceful nature of the rallies.

[Follow link for many more photos . . . ]

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Published by: RFE/RL, on 18 October 2020.

For 11th Week In A Row, Thousands March In Minsk To Protest Lukashenka.

Thousands of Belarusian citizens took to the streets on October 18 to protest the authoritarian rule of Alyaksandr Lukashenka, despite authorities' threat to open fire on demonstrators.

Amid a heavy police presence, citizens peacefully marched through the center of Minsk, the nation’s capital, carrying the banned red-and-white flag of the opposition, as the nationwide protest movement reached its 11th week.

“Look out the window. Stop watching TV,” the protesters chanted, a reference to state-controlled media downplaying the size and peaceful nature of the rallies.

[Follow link for many more photos . . . ]

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It will be interesting to see how much longer either side can sustain this.

'Belarusian demonstrators flooded the streets of the capital Minsk on Sunday, the final day of an ultimatum set by the opposition for the embattled strongman leader to resign after months of mass protests.

'Videos taken by bystanders that were circulated by local media showed a convoy of buses carrying security personnel to the city centre along with metal cordons.

'A dozen metro stations in the centre of Minsk were closed to deter demonstrators from gathering and mobile internet was restricted.

'Exiled opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya this month gave President Alexander Lukashenko a deadline of two weeks to resign, halt violence and release political prisoners, warning he would otherwise face a crippling general strike.'


 

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