Man Killed in New Belarus Protests Over Disputed Election

One guy passed away Monday in Belarus where authorities fired rubber bullets and tear gas momentarily day to suppress demonstrations against a contested weekend break governmental political election which handed a sixth term to strongman Alexander Lukashenko.

Svetlana Tikhanovskaya– a political novice who has actually handled to galvanize the opposition– called on Lukashenko, in power since 1994, to step down, claiming she had actually won Sunday’s ballot. The location of Tikhanovskaya, a 37-year-old mom of two, were not recognized to her campaign team on Monday evening, her spokeswoman told AFP.

She chose to compete head of state after the authorities incarcerated her other half, popular blogger Sergei Tikhanovsky, and also disallowed him from running.

Tikhanovskaya had previously stated she would certainly not take part in the demos that have actually been extremely subdued, causing widespread Western condemnation.

Police claimed a protester passed away when an explosive gadget went off in his hand Monday night, confirming the very first casualty of post-election protests.

” One of the militants attempted to throw an unidentified exlosive tool at members of law enforcement. It exploded in his hand,” the interior ministry stated, including that he passed away of his injuries.

‘ Shame!’

Numerous thousand militants required to the roads of the capital Minsk for a second night of post-election rallies, with resistance advocates yelling “Shame!” as well as “Long Live Belarus!” as well as swing flags or beeping their cars.

Police in full trouble equipment discharged tear gas and rubber bullets on them and also injured a female journalist, a witness told AFP. Blasts that sounded like stun explosives were additionally listened to.

Independent Belarusian media consisting of additionally reported the use of pressure, stating some militants were setting up barricades.

Tikhanovskaya, whose shock candidacy positioned the largest challenge to Lukashenko in years, stated the ballot

had actually been set up. “The authorities must think of how to peacefully hand over power to us,” she told press reporters. “I consider myself the winner of this election.”

Later Monday Tikhanovskaya went to lodge a complaint with the Central Election Commission where she spent three hours, her spokesperson Anna Krasulina informed AFP.

Security worries

After leaving the commission head office Tikhanovskaya has gone incommunicado, stated Krasulina without supplying additional details.

Lithuania’s international preacher likewise stated he can not get to Tikhanovskaya for a number of hours late Monday.

” I tried to reach her for several hours yet her location are unknown because she mosted likely to the election commission to file an objection over the ballot count,” Linas Linkevicius told AFP late Monday.

” It elevates problem concerning her security,” Linkevicius told AFP.

Earlier Monday, election authorities confirmed Lukashenko’s re-election for a 6th term, stating he had won greater than 80% of the ballot, with Tikhanovskaya coming second with 10%.

The 65-year-old former collective farm employer has ruled ex-Soviet Belarus given that 1994, destroying dissent as well as earning the label of “Europe’s last authoritarian.”

White House ‘deeply worried’

The White House stated Monday it was “deeply worried,” adding that “scare tactics of resistance prospects as well as the apprehension of calm protesters” were amongst various elements that altered the election and also its after-effects.

European federal governments likewise wondered about the outcomes, with Germany articulating “solid doubts” regarding the conduct of the vote and also France advising restraint.

But Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated Lukashenko, a longtime ally, as did Chinese leader Xi Jinping.

Lukashenko was bold, swearing he would certainly not enable Belarus to be “abused.”

” We taped phone calls from abroad. There were calls from Poland, Britain and the Czech Republic, they were guiding our– forgive me– sheep,” Lukashenko claimed.

Thousands required to the roads of Minsk and various other cities on Sunday evening to knock the ballot, sparking clashes with members of law enforcement.

Authorities said they apprehended some 3,000 people, around 1,000 of them in Minsk.

Surprising photos launched by pro-opposition media and uploaded online showed authorities shooting stun explosives and also rubber bullets right into the crowds and a paddy wagon ramming into the demo and also running down a militant.

Young protesters were seen covered in blood, existing immobile on the ground or being dragged away by authorities.

The interior ministry claimed dozens were wounded in the resources, accusing some protesters of stimulating battles.

The Belarusian Investigative Committee said it had actually opened 21 criminal probes into “mass unrest” and also utilizing physical violence against police and restrained greater than 80 people.

” I repent of what inside ministry pressures did, I served in these pressures,” Sergei, a 45-year-old sheet metal worker, told AFP.

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