Several days have passed since the start of post-election protests in Belarus on August, 9. In many cities and towns, people took to the streets to show their discontent with allegedly vote rigging when the Belarusian authorities announced the official exit poll results. According to them, Alyaksandr Lukashenka, the first and still the only president of Belarus, has gained nearly 80% of votes.
Thousands of dissenters across the country participated in the most massive street protests in the last 20 years as well as formed solidarity chains and picketed against violence. Many had to flee from internal troops and OMON riot policemen; the latter were extremely cruel to the protesters. Until Wednesday morning, there were Internet connection problems in the country; police used excessive force against protesters. Up to 7,000 persons were detained, according to official information.
On August 13, workers, doctors and even employees of museums were on strike all over Belarus. Among others, their goal is holding fair elections.
On August 14, Minskers have taken to the streets and come to the House of Government in Independence Square, and we continue our special post-election broadcast (in Belarusian language). For updates in English, please follow us on Twitter.