250 days pass since start of post-election protests in Belarus

Despite the nasty weather, a number of Belarusians took to the streets on Thursday morning. 250 days ago, large-scale protests against the rigged results of the 2020 presidential election burst out in the country.

On April 15, residents of Minsk residential areas were marching along Prytytski Street and waving white-red=white flags. The participants also used red, white, orange smoke flares.

Minsk, 15 April 2021. Photo: AK / Belsat
Minsk, 15 April 2021. Photo: AK / Belsat
Minsk, 15 April 2021. Photo: AK / Belsat
Minsk, 15 April 2021. Photo: AK / Belsat
Minsk, 15 April 2021. Photo: AK / Belsat
Minsk, 15 April 2021. Photo: AK / Belsat

‘250’ white-red-white flag. Minsk, 15 April 2021. Photo: Belsat readers

Hrodna residents marked the 250th day of protests as well:

Hrodna, 15 April 2021. Photo: Belsat readers

On 9 August, numerous protest rallies started throughout Belarus on the back of announcing the preliminary results of the election; the major demands of Belarusians were Alyaksndr Lukashenka’s resignation; holding a free and fair election; releasing political prisoners; putting an end to police violence as well as bringing to justice those involved in battering and torturing peaceful demonstrators. There are several deaths that are linked to the post-election protests. As of 15 April, 354 persons have been recognised as political prisoners by the Belarusian human rights community. According to the Amnesty International organisation, the Belarusian authorities admitted receiving some 900 complaints of abuse by police in connection with the protests, but by the end of the year not a single criminal investigation had been opened, nor had any law enforcement officer been charged with respective violations.

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