Despite militant threats to use ammunition against protesters, tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Minsk again today to protest against Alexander Lukashenko’s regime. Dozens of detainees are reported.
Noise grenades were also used by security forces to target demonstrators. Several metro stations were closed in Minsk during the day, and mobile internet was malfunctioning. Before today’s protests, Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tihanovska called on her compatriots not to deviate from their demands and to be peaceful but insistent. She has issued an ultimatum to Lukashenko to resign by next Sunday and release all political prisoners or to reckon with large-scale strikes that will paralyze the entire country.
Belarus’s Interior Ministry this week announced its readiness to use combat ammunition against protesters. Today, there was a large presence of security forces and military equipment on the streets of Minsk.
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