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

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Another protest march is to kick off at 2 pm (local time) on September, 27.

The event called ‘People’s Inauguration’ is expected to be the nation’s response to Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s secret inauguration that took place on September, 23. According to the Belarusian Interior Ministry, 364 people were detained for protesting on that day, including 252 in Minsk.

Fences in Independence Square. Minsk, 27 September 2020. Photo: Belsat viewers
Siloviki in downtown Minsk. 27 September 2020. Photo: belsat.eu

On the occasion of today’s march, Lukashenka’s strongest election opponent Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya addressed the protesters:

“The recent months’ history shows that we can do anything. A lifetime seems to have passed since I decided to file my documents to the Central Election Commission. And this lifetime full of various events and hard decisions, but what is the most important is the pride in our people, the honour of being one of you. Today is the 50th day of our protest, and today the Belarusian people are taking to the streets again. We are set to stop this regime and we are doing it peacefully.”

Convoys of military vehicles, including APCs carrying machine guns, were spotted in Minsk on Sunday morning.

APC carrying machine gun on Minsk Ring Road. 27 September 2020. Photo: belsat.eu

At 10 am siloviki started to close off Kastrychnitskaya Square. There are reports about military and police forces’ being pulled in to a number of rallying points in the city centre.

Soon after the beginning of the march, mobile operator A1 reported that government agencies asked them to slow down the speed of the Internet services they provide.

Hardly had the event started, some persons were detained in Nyamiha street and Victors’ Avenue, TUT.BY reports: