Belarus: Thousands of protesters flood Minsk demanding Lukashenko's removal

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Published: August 24,2020 08:20 AM
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August 24, 2020: Tens of thousands of demonstrators massed in central Minsk on Sunday to demand the resignation of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko,

August 24, 2020: Tens of thousands of demonstrators massed in central Minsk on Sunday to demand the resignation of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, who flew over the scene of the banned protest in a helicopter and called the marchers 'rats'.





The vast square outside the parliament was turned into a sea of red and white by protesters waving the traditional Belarusian flag adopted by the protest movement and chanting “resign!” and “put Lukashenko in a police van!”. Unofficial estimates put the crowd at 150,000 people or more.



As per reports, later in the evening, as protesters marched across the city, a helicopter flew low over one part of the crowd toward Lukashenko’s working residence.







Footage later released on a social media channel close to Lukashenko’s press service showed the president, clad all in black and holding a rifle, observing the protests from inside the helicopter.





Protests have been ongoing for two weeks, since Lukashenko declared victory in an election widely believed to have been rigged against the united opposition candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya and a subsequent brutal crackdown by riot police.