50th day of protest: Belarusians long for ‘real inauguration’ (photos, video)

On Sunday, marches known as ‘People’s Inauguration of Our Real President Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya’ were held in Minsk and other Belarusian cities and towns. Such form of protest was the nation’s response to Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s secret inauguration that took place on September, 23.

Although the event was announced to start at 14.00, first reports about the detentions in the Belarusian capital appeared at about 12.20.

Water cannons and APCs in Minsk streets ahead of People’s Inauguration March

Over 100,000 participants showed up at today’s rally in Minsk. At least 250 persons were detained in Belarus on September 27, human rights centre Viasna reports. The list of detainees is being updated.

For over a month, post-election protests have been underway in the country; the major demands of Belarusians are Lukashenka’s resignation; holding a free and fair election; releasing political prisoners; putting an end to police violence as well as propaganda on state-run TV stations.

Belsat photojournalist Alisa Hanchar captured both tense and heartwarming moments of Sunday’s march in Minsk:

People’s Inauguration March. 27 September 2020. Photo: Alisa Hanchar / belsat.eu
People’s Inauguration March. 27 September 2020. Photo: Alisa Hanchar / belsat.eu
People’s Inauguration March. 27 September 2020. Photo: Alisa Hanchar / belsat.eu
People’s Inauguration March. 27 September 2020. Photo: Alisa Hanchar / belsat.eu
People’s Inauguration March. 27 September 2020. Photo: Alisa Hanchar / belsat.eu
‘Solidarity!’ People’s Inauguration March. 27 September 2020. Photo: Alisa Hanchar / belsat.eu
People’s Inauguration March. 27 September 2020. Photo: Alisa Hanchar / belsat.eu
People’s Inauguration March. 27 September 2020. Photo: Alisa Hanchar / belsat.eu
People’s Inauguration March. 27 September 2020. Photo: Alisa Hanchar / belsat.eu
People’s Inauguration March. 27 September 2020. Photo: Alisa Hanchar / belsat.eu
‘Step Down!’ People’s Inauguration March. 27 September 2020. Photo: Alisa Hanchar / belsat.eu
People’s Inauguration March. 27 September 2020. Photo: Alisa Hanchar / belsat.eu
People’s Inauguration March. 27 September 2020. Photo: Alisa Hanchar / belsat.eu
People’s Inauguration March. 27 September 2020. Photo: Alisa Hanchar / belsat.eu
People’s Inauguration March. 27 September 2020. Photo: Alisa Hanchar / belsat.eu
People’s Inauguration March. 27 September 2020. Photo: Alisa Hanchar / belsat.eu
People’s Inauguration March. 27 September 2020. Photo: Alisa Hanchar / belsat.eu
People’s Inauguration March. 27 September 2020. Photo: Alisa Hanchar / belsat.eu
People’s Inauguration March. 27 September 2020. Photo: Alisa Hanchar / belsat.eu
People’s Inauguration March. 27 September 2020. Photo: Alisa Hanchar / belsat.eu
People’s Inauguration March. 27 September 2020. Photo: Alisa Hanchar / belsat.eu
People’s Inauguration March. 27 September 2020. Photo: Alisa Hanchar / belsat.eu
People’s Inauguration March. 27 September 2020. Photo: Alisa Hanchar / belsat.eu
People’s Inauguration March. 27 September 2020. Photo: Alisa Hanchar / belsat.eu
People’s Inauguration March. 27 September 2020. Photo: Alisa Hanchar / belsat.eu
People’s Inauguration March. 27 September 2020. Photo: Alisa Hanchar / belsat.eu
People’s Inauguration March. 27 September 2020. Photo: Alisa Hanchar / belsat.eu
People’s Inauguration March. 27 September 2020. Photo: Alisa Hanchar / belsat.eu

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