Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya has called upon the European Union to continue supporting the country’s pro-democracy movements as she was awarded the Sakharov Prize, which the EU usually awards to honor those who defend human rights in the world.
The Belarusian government is set to close its land borders to its own citizens, a measure that the administration of President Alexander Lukashenko justifies with the need to contain the spread of the coronavirus. However, the country’s opposition sees this move as an attempt to imprison Belarusians in their own country.
The European Parliament has awarded the democratic opposition in Belarus as the deserving winners of this year’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. The award announced Thursday is scheduled for December 16, during a plenary session that would be held in Strasbourg, France.
On Tuesday, Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya gave President Alexander Lukashenko a deadline to resign by October 25. Otherwise, she would mobilize the opposition members in the country to embark on a series of massive demonstrations that would paralyze activities and bring the country to a standstill.
For the seventh consecutive day, the streets of the Belarusian capital were filled with demonstrators protesting Alexander Lukashenko’s re-election, which they regard as fraudulent. Almost 7,000 people were arrested, and there are reports and evidence of the mistreatment of the demonstrators.
Belarus continues to witness widespread protests against government violence despite the release of many detainees in recent days. In Minsk, hundreds of doctors formed a human chain to protest against the ruling government. The Belarusian government unexpectedly released hundreds of people, detained during the unrest.
Police in riot gear in Belarus stormed a rally on Thursday, removing hundreds of protesters by truck. Protesters say election fraud has spread. On Thursday morning, women gathered in downtown Minsk in a symbolic act of peace and solidarity and formed a human chain, published on Telegram channels.
Police detained more than 1,000 people in Belarus overnight Tuesday and early Wednesday as part of halting protests against the results of the country’s presidential elections, officials announced. The demonstrations took place in 25 Belarusian cities, bringing together thousands of people.
The presidential election in Belarus is done. The winner, as expected, is Alexander Lukashenko. At the same time, he is making crucial mistakes already. The mistakes can be very expensive, and, at least hypothetically, could become the basis for the fall of the Lukashenko regime.
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko was said to be on course for a sixth presidential term, according to an exit poll commissioned by state television. The poll gave Lukashenko 79.7% of the vote to 6.8% for his main rival, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya. The opposition condemned the vote as rigged.