The seventh Women’s March took place in the capital on September 26. Since the last presidential election, women have taken to the streets of Minsk every Saturday to protest against police brutality.
The rally on September 26 was called “Rehearsal of Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya’s inauguration”. An hour before the start of the march, the organizers announced the change in the meeting place. Instead of Victory Square, women were encouraged to come to the Kamarousky market.
The human rights center “Viasna” made a list of the names of 124 women detained during the march.
Belsat journalist Maryia Hryts was detained at Kamarouski market. It was also reported that the flag was taken from Nina Bahinskaya, but she was later released.
Women sit on the grass on Independence Avenue during a women’s protest in Minsk. September 26, 2020. Photo: Alisa Hanchar / belsat.eu
During a women’s protest in Minsk. September 26, 2020. Photo: Alisa Hanchar / belsat.eu
Women’s protest action on September 26 near the Kamarouski market in Minsk. Photo: Alisa Hanchar / belsat.eu
The girls are marching along Yakub Kolas Street. Photo: Belsat.
Detentions near Kamarouka during the women’s march on September 26. Photo: Alisa Hanchar / belsat.eu
Women’s protest action on September 26 near the Kamarouka fair in Minsk. Photo: Alisa Hanchar / belsat.eu
Special vehicles at the gathering place for women march participants. Photo: “Belsat”
According to official data, on August 9, Alyaksander Lukashenka, who has ruled Belarus since 1994, won the presidential elections. At the same time, opponents consider the election results to be falsified, and their real winner to be Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya.
Protests have been going on in Belarus since August 9, the number of participants at Sunday rallies regularly exceeds 100 thousand people. The authorities use violence and detention against demonstrators. According to the estimates of human rights activists, since the beginning of the elections in Belarus, more than 14 thousand people have been detained, many of them were beaten, some were raped, at least 6 people were killed. More than 250 people have been detained in criminal cases.
The illegitimacy of Lukashenka was declared in the European Union and Ukraine. Only the leaders of Azerbaijan, Armenia, Kazakhstan, China, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkey and Uzbekistan congratulated him on his victory.