Dozens detained, rubber bullets fired amid opposition march in Belarusian capital (VIDEOS)

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Thousands of individuals took to the streets of Minsk on Sunday, as mass anti-government protests continued throughout the nation. Sporadic scuffles erupted between demonstrators and police, dozens had been reportedly detained.

Belarus’ capital endured a brand new spherical of weekly protests towards the federal government of President Alexander Lukashenko. This Sunday, the procession was dubbed ‘The Partisan March’ by its organizers.A big group of protesters, consisting of tens of hundreds, marched by way of town’s heart. It repeatedly bumped into cordons erected by riot police and altered its course a number of instances through the march.Several scuffles between protesters and police had been reported. Arguably essentially the most main incident occurred exterior ‘Belarus’ shopping center, the place a bunch of protesters pelted officers’ automobiles with stones, police informed RIA Novosti. Law enforcement dispersed the group, firing warning rubber bullet pictures into the air.Mobile web entry was reportedly disrupted by the authorities throughout the capital for some 4 hours through the protest. Moreover, a handful of subway stations had been locked down. Internet entry, in addition to commuter networks returned absolutely on-line because the march ended.Belarus has endured over two months of mass protests following the August 9 presidential elections. According to official figures, Belarus’ long-term chief Lukashenko secured a stable victory, receiving greater than 80 p.c of the poll. The consequence, nevertheless, has been challenged by the nation’s opposition which accused the authorities of gross falsifications.Lukashenko’s predominant opponent on the day, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, who’s now exiled within the EU, claimed that she truly acquired the vast majority of votes regardless of formally getting just some 10 p.c. Since then, she has met numerous Western leaders and was even acknowledged because the ‘legitimate’ president by Lithuania.

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The first days of mass protests had been marred with violence and a heavy-handed police response, with hundreds arrested. Since then, nevertheless, the weekly protests have turn out to be comparatively peaceable whereas the variety of demonstrators have steadily dwindled.Think your folks would have an interest? Share this story!