Protestors and police clash in Belarus days after embattled President Lukashenko promises he’ll stand down… but not yet
Thousands of protestors have again taken to the streets in Belarus, days after the country’s president pledged he would resign once a new constitution is in place.
Footage emerged on Sunday of crowds of demonstrators marching through Minsk, as well as other cities across the troubled Eastern European nation. In one dramatic clip that social media users claimed was taken in the capital, a police officer is attacked from behind as authorities chase activists down the road.
Photographs from the country also show the nation’s top riot police, OMON, pursuing protestors on foot and making arrests. The world’s media has become reliant on the Telegram messaging service and other local sources since international media organizations were banned from Belarus.
Weekend protests have become a regular occurrence since August, when veteran leader Alexander Lukashenko claimed victory in a presidential election, which the opposition and many international observers claim was rigged. Hundreds of thousands have participated in marches, boycotts and strikes, calling for a fresh vote.