MOSCOW (Reuters) -Law enforcement in Belarus detained 135 demonstrators at a Sunday march, the Belarusian rights group Viasna-96 (Spring-96) mentioned, as weekly protests demanding the resignation of veteran President Alexander Lukashenko continued.
Belarus, a state of 9.5 million that Russia sees as a security buffer versus NATO, has been rocked by mass protests because an Aug. 9 presidential election that Lukashenko mentioned he gained. His opponents say the vote was rigged.
More than 120 marches took spot in the Belarus money Minsk and other metropolitan areas on Sunday, with figures at each ranging from dozens to several hundred, in accordance to area information outlet Nasha Niva. Police regularly arrest individuals, issuing figures of detainees on Mondays.
Some protesters marched in outlying residential parts of Minsk, waving white flags with a pink stripe in the middle, a symbol of the opposition, and shouting “very long reside Belarus”.
More than 30,000 men and women have been detained in Belarus due to the fact the get started of the protests in August, in accordance to opposition leaders.
Lukashenko has been in electrical power for 26 several years. The European Union imposed journey bans and asset freezes on pretty much 50 Belarusian officials in protest around the election the West claims was rigged and about Lukashenko’s crackdown on opponents.
(Reporting by Polina Devitt Modifying by Alex Richardson and Philippa Fletcher)
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