In light of the recent election results, numerous demonstrators attempted to get into the center of Minsk from multiple sides but the police barred their way with a surprisingly large arsenal and a dedicated force.
The police closed off the area with armored vehicles and hordes of police officers, armed mercilessly with riot gear. They stopped the protestors from uniting and forming one big crowd.
The Belarusian Association of Journalists reported that at least nine journalists were incarcerated. Further reports indicate that up to 548 people were arrested during the protesting movement.
All this began after the results of the election held in August came out. According to the elections, President Alexander Lukashenko was granted a sixth term in office. The opponents and poll workers are of the idea that the result was tampered with and was manipulated. The public is also under the same opinion, apparently, as they have protested against this decision.
Lukashenko has not made statements in the public and has accused Western countries to have sparked the emotions behind the protests now going on. Lukashenko has not given his oppression any room to breathe and has subdued the independent news media since first coming to power in 1994.
Lukashenko’s main opponent in these elections, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, has left the country to go to Lithuania due to the pressure being exerted. Tsikhanouskaya hopes that Joe Biden, the U.S president will exert some pressure on Lukashenko and bring about some change.