Belarus police detain 40 students in Lukashenko protests


Rights monitor Viasna 96 said that the peaceful protests were carried out with overwhelming response from Belarusian security officials. The video, shared on social media and news agency images, showed striking students in camouflage and balletclavs, and then dragged them to the van.

Security officials took students into custody during an anti-Lukashenko protest in Minsk on Tuesday.

Large-scale protests erupted in Belarus last month on 9 August, leading protesters to believe that Lukashenko had been rigged to serve a sixth term.

Estimates from activists and local media show that 3,000 to 5,000 students marched to Independence Square in the city center on Tuesday. Thousands of large protests have taken place at the Chowk in recent weeks.

Security officials detained student protesters in Minsk on Tuesday.
Students gathered in Minsk on Tuesday to march against the Belarusian presidential election results.

CNN has reached the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The government has not commented on the latest protests, but during a university visit in the city of Baranovichi, Lukashenko brushed off the last month of unrest, saying “it will all pass.”

After Lukashenko won the election, 19 Belarusian journalists removed their recognition last week by the authorities for working for the BBC and other foreign media outlets, while two Associated Press reporters were removed from the country for freedom of press In a major skirmish.
Often referred to as Europe’s last dictator, Lukashenko has ruled Belarus for 26 years. Last month, the president reacted to his resignation by posting a bizarre series of videos of himself in a helicopter, flying over Minsk in riot gear, with a rifle hanging from his shoulder.
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