Demonstrators took to the streets of Minsk in their thousands on Sunday.
It marked the start of the fifth week of daily protests calling for Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko’s resignation in the aftermath of supposedly manipulated elections.
Unrest broke out in Belarus after authoritarian leader Lukashenko, who has ruled the former Soviet state for 26 decades, announced his re-election with 80 percent of their vote on August 9.
The audiences brandished the historic white-red-white flag utilized earlier Belarus became the Soviet Republic, that was taken on by the resistance in the nation.
The motto of the Sunday’s march was”One for all and all for one”, together with protesters planning to show that individuals are united in their desire for change.
Since the rain fell, they converged together from various districts of the Belarusian funds in the town center, originally heading for Lukashenka’s home — the Independence Palace.
As previously, the palace along with other official buildings, has been blocked off by police.
There was a huge army presence in Minsk that comprised army tanks, tanks, water cannons, armored personnel carriers, and armored reconnaissance vehicles.
At least 37 demonstrators were arrested in the sidelines of this protest by the late day, according to the Belarusian human rights team Viasna.
Metro stations in Minsk’s center were shut off.
Some political commentators on Twitter indicated these were the biggest protests in Belarusian history.
“This sea of individuals can’t be halted by military gear, water cannons, propaganda, and arrests. Many Belarusians desire a peaceful change of energy and we won’t get tired of demanding this,” said Maria Kolesnikova, a pioneer of the Coordination Council set up by the opposition to attempt and organize a dialogue using all the 66-year-old Lukashenko about a glimpse of power.
Protests were reported on Sunday at Gomel, Belarus’ second-largest city, in addition to Brest and other regional capitals.
University students also revealed from the detention of classmates throughout the tide of protests which have spanned the nation for the previous four months.
For the very first time from the demonstrations, supporters of LGBT rights arose with rainbow flags at the women’s parade in Minsk, a sign that opponents of President Lukashenko have become bolder.
The major opposition challenger from Belarus’ contested presidential elections Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya on Friday urged the global community to impose sanctions to”the people that committed electoral offenses and crimes against humanity” and take additional steps to halt the violence against protesters.
She advised the UN Security Council which Lukashenko participated in a”cynical and obvious effort… to steal the votes of those people” and”doesn’t signify Belarus anymore.”
“A country shouldn’t be a hostage to a single person’s thirst for electricity, and it will not,” she explained. “Belarusians have awakened.