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Media captionLarge crowds of anti-government demonstrators rallied in the capitalFresh strikes are expected in Belarus after a weekend which saw 10s of thousands require to the streets to demand the departure of long-term President Alexander Lukashenko.Opposition leaders required the strikes as anger grew over reports of cops violence along with alleged poll-rigging in the 9 August vote.But the president, who declared a landslide triumph, stays defiant.On Sunday, he contacted advocates to defend their nation and independence.However, protesters came out in far larger numbers, with regional, independent news website Tut.by explaining the serene presentation as “the largest in the history of independent Belarus”. Breathing freedom – Belarusians expect change
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The wave of anger has been rising given that the Central Election Commission stated Mr Lukashenko, who has been in power since 1994, won 80.1% of the vote and the primary opposition candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya 10.12%.
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Some 6,700 people have actually been jailed in the wake of the election, and many have spoken of abuse at the hands of the security services.Workers at state-run factories walked out in solidarity with the protesters last week, and more strikes are planned for this week, increasing the pressure on Mr Lukashenko, states the BBCs Kiev correspondent, Jonah Fisher.What took place on Sunday?Rival rallies were held in the capital, with local media reports suggesting that around 31,000 individuals took part in the pro-government occasion. The interior ministry estimated that the number was around 65,000, while a press reporter for AFP news company stated the figure was closer to 10,000. Speaking to supporters, Mr Lukashenko stated Belarus would “pass away as a state” if a re-run of the election were to take location.
Mr Lukashenko explained the opposition as rats
For days, employees at state-run factories have actually staged walkouts and lots of have joined street marches against the president.As the president spoke, around 220,000 anti-Lukashenko protesters collected near the Stela Minsk Hero City World War Two memorial in central Minsk, according to news website Tut.by. Fans also turned out in other cities, following a call for weekend rallies from Ms Tikhanovskaya.
Protesters were out in force in Minsk on Sunday
The Belarusian ambassador to Slovakia, Igor Leshchenya, declared his solidarity with the protesters.However, he told the BBC he had “gloomy prophecies” about the federal governments desire to listen to protesters.” Its not obvious that federal government is prepared to hear” them, he said.Whats occurring internationally?President Lukashenko, who has actually led Belarus for 26 years, has likewise dealt with growing pressure from other European countries.On Sunday, French President Emmanuel Macron said the EU must “continue to mobilise on the side of the hundreds of countless Belarusians who are protesting peacefully for the respect of their rights, liberty and sovereignty”.
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Germanys Vice-Chancellor Olaf Sholz explained Mr Lukashenko as a “bad totalitarian”, informing the Bild paper that the Belarusian leader had “lost all legitimacy”. Last week, EU foreign ministers accepted prepare brand-new sanctions against Belarusian authorities accountable for “violence, repression and the falsification of election outcomes”. The US condemned the election as “not complimentary and fair”. Numerous people attended demonstrations in Prague and Warsaw on Sunday.
People in a number of other countries, including the Czech Republic, visualized, also took part in demonstrations
Some 6,700 individuals have been jailed in the wake of the election, and lots of have spoken of torture at the hands of the security services.Workers at state-run factories strolled out in solidarity with the protesters last week, and more strikes are prepared for this week, increasing the pressure on Mr Lukashenko, states the BBCs Kiev reporter, Jonah Fisher.What took place on Sunday?Rival rallies were held in the capital, with local media reports suggesting that around 31,000 individuals took part in the pro-government occasion. Speaking to fans, Mr Lukashenko stated Belarus would “die as a state” if a re-run of the election were to take location. Germanys Vice-Chancellor Olaf Sholz explained Mr Lukashenko as a “bad dictator”, telling the Bild newspaper that the Belarusian leader had actually “lost all authenticity”. President Lukashenko has sought Russian assistance as the discontent continues.On Saturday, he stated President Vladimir Putin had assured to provide what he called comprehensive support in the event of external military dangers to Belarus.The 2 leaders had a 2nd discussion on Sunday, in which the Kremlin stated they had gone over “the circumstance in Belarus, taking into factor to consider the pressure the republic was being put under from outdoors”. Mr Putin told Mr Lukashenko Russia was prepared to assist Belarus “in accordance with the collective military pact if required”.
However President Lukashenko has looked for Russian help as the discontent continues.On Saturday, he stated President Vladimir Putin had actually guaranteed to supply what he called thorough assistance in case of external military risks to Belarus.The 2 leaders had a second conversation on Sunday, in which the Kremlin said they had actually talked about “the scenario in Belarus, considering the pressure the republic was being put under from outdoors”. Mr Putin informed Mr Lukashenko Russia was ready to help Belarus “in accordance with the cumulative military pact if necessary”. The Belarusian leader also voiced concerns over Nato military workouts occurring in neighbouring Poland and Lithuania, and introduced into a tirade versus the Western military alliance.