Demonstrators on the run from police as they gather to protest against the result of the Belarusian presidential election in Minsk, Belarus, Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020. Police and protesters clashes in Belarus' capital and the some city of Brest on Sunday after the election in which the authoritarian leader who has ruled for a quarter-century paved in for a sixth term in office.
country where crackdowns on dissent are routine, Belarus police and protesters clashed in the capital Minsk and the city of Brest Sunday night over rising unsatisfy with the authoritarian rule of the country’s longtime leader, who recently sought a sixth term.
Sunday’s vote in the ex-Soviet nation pitted President Alexander Lukashenko who has held a strong grip on Belarus since 1994, against four others. The campaign has generated the country’s biggest opposition protests in years. Opposition supporters say they suspect election officials will manipulate the results of Sunday’s vote to give the 65-year-old Lukashenko a sixth term.
The head of the Central Elections Commission, Lidia Yermoshina, said early Monday that partial results from some regions showed Lukashenko with a crushing lead, getting more than 90% of the vote in some districts.
Lukashenko himself was defiant as he voted earlier on Sunday.
“If you provoke, you will get the same answer,” he said. “Do you want to try to overthrow the government, break something, wound, offend, and expect me or someone to kneel in front of you and kiss them and the sand onto which you wandered? This will not happen. “this he uttered.