The biggest actions took place in the capital Minsk. There, protesters first gathered in residential areas and then formed protest marches. Many carried white-red-white flags. Videos were seen online of security forces following protesters into the courtyards of housing complexes. Again and again people were towed in minibuses. The media also reported the use of tear gas and anesthetic grenades. People in other cities also called for Lukashenko’s resignation.
As on previous Sundays, hundreds of security forces were on the move. Large squares were lined with metal bars and access to six metro stations was blocked. Mobile internet was also largely turned off. In some neighborhoods there would even have been no electricity. It was the sixteenth Sunday of protest in a row.
Belarus has been in the throes of massive protests since the beginning of August. Lukashenko, who has authoritatively governed the former Soviet republic for 26 years, claims he won the presidential elections then held with 80 percent of the vote. Almost everyone is convinced that this result is the result of electoral fraud.