12th protest Sunday: March in support of People’s Ultimatum (photos)
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Another protest march kicked off at 2 pm in the Belarusian cities and towns. Opposition leader Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya voiced support for everyone who were going to participate in today’s protests.
On October 13, Tsikhanouskaya’s team published the text of People’s Ultimatum they were issuing to Alyaksandr Lukashenka and Belarusian officials. They strongly urged the regime to fulfil the following demands in the near future: Lukashenka’s announcing his resignation; putting an end to police violence in the streets; releasing all political prisoners. According to the opposition, if they have not been met at 23.59 on October 25 at the latest, the entire country ‘will take to the streets to peacefully deliver People’s Ultimatum; on October 26, all enterprises will start striking’.
“Today is the day of choice. Today every representative of the security forces today is deciding whom he protects – the people or his superiors. Today every official is deciding chooses whom he serves – the people or the regime.
I support all Belarusians who are going to take to the streets today, crying out for fulfilling the demands of People’s Ultimatum. And I will support every official and law enforcement officer who will show solidarity with the people on this day. Together we are stronger than any regime. Together we will return the rule of law to Belarus,” Tsikhanouskaya said.
(UPD) As of 10 pm (local time), at least 215 people have been detained throughout Belarus, human rights centre Viasna reports.
According to estimates by non-state media outlets, about 100,000 people took part in the march in Minsk. News agency BelaPAN reports the number of 200,000 participants at the peak of the event.
? Десятки тысяч протестующих в Минске объединились в большую колонну и движутся по проспекту Победителей, сообщает наш корреспондент ?? pic.twitter.com/2lC44Xum69
Unfortunately, as the day wore on, Minsk siloviki brutally attacked the protesters in Arlouskaya Street. They used flashbang grenades and pneumatic weapons against the demonstrators and then hunted for them in offstreet yards.