Authorities in Belarus arrested over 50 people throughout the nation as protests demanding the resignation of the nation’s authoritarian leader entered their third week, officials said on Wednesday.
The renewed crackdown on protesters, that we’re taking to the roads for two or more weeks, comes as police crank up the pressure on the resistance, jailing many activists, while other people for questioning and ordering dozens of demonstrators to appear in court.
The Belarusian Interior Ministry stated 51 protesters were arrested on Tuesday at rallies which spanned many towns. As stated by the Viasna human rights team, 15 individuals were arrested in Minsk, the nation’s capital, where a few million people rallied at Independence Square despite heavy rainfall, pushing to the nation’s longtime President Alexander Lukashenko to resign.
Two members of the Coordination Council, a resistance body set up by former Republican candidate Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya to facilitate a peaceful transition of power, were handed 10-day prison sentences.
The detentions come with no dramatic violence found 2 weeks back, as Lukashenko proceeds to quell the unrest slowly, with vague promises of reforms combined with risks, court summonses, and discerning arrests.
Observers say the moves by Lukashenko to purchase some time probably will probably see him holding onto power for the time being, although he probably will face more challenges amid a worsening market and simmering public anger.
“All of the indications have become that this is a war of attrition. That Lukashenka counts wearing the people today,” Dr. Nigel Gould-Davies, a senior fellow at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, told Euronews.
“We can’t talk only of the resistance. This is the majority of the nation united in a calm requirement for change”
Concerning regime strategies to bring a decision to the unrest, Gould-Davies considers Lukashenko will now attempt another tack into the heavy-handed steps already found on the roads of Belarus.
“It will entail low-level harassment, trusting that fatigue and financial hardship, specifically, would encourage the striking workers to return to the factories and also leave the motion for change,” he explained.
“I don’t see that happening anytime soon. Conversely, the motion of change will be searching for cracks in the plan, for all members of the elite to realize that devotion lies with the future of the nation as opposed to that discredited, authoritarian leader,” he further added.
The brutal suppression of peaceful rallies in the immediate wake of this election fuelled general anger, helping swell the number of protesters, attaining an unprecedented summit of roughly 200,000 participants on two successive Sundays.
In the days after the August 9 election, security forces arrested tens of thousands, with countless injured and at least three deaths.
The immense audiences at succeeding protests have forced the government to back off and enable the demonstrations to occur mostly unhindered for the previous two weeks.