Protests began in Belarus after the presidential election
Protests began in Belarus after the presidential election – The presidential election was held in Belarus, according to preliminary results, President Alexander Lukashenko, who has ruled the country for 26 years, won the election.
The opponents, who argued that the election was fraudulent and the results were not correct, took to the streets to protest and clashed with the police. Police used plastic bullets and stun grenades to disperse the demonstrators.
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko was elected president for the 6th time, according to preliminary results. With the announcement of the results, the streets were mixed.
According to unofficial results, Alexander Lukashenko, 65, won the presidential election with 79 percent of the vote. Opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya got only 6.8 percent of the vote.
However, the opposition argues that the election was fraudulent and the results were not correct.
Following the announcement of the unofficial results, demonstrators took to the streets and squares in many cities, especially the capital Minsk.
According to observers, more than 100,000 people took to the streets to demonstrate in the capital Minsk alone.
Security forces took strict security measures in many areas, including city entrances and exits, as well as state institutions and organizations. Many streets and squares were closed.
Despite this, things got worse when the protesters tried to gather.
Police tried to disperse the demonstrators using smoke grenades and tear gas.
The demonstrators continued their demonstrations, moving to other parts of the city.
Some police and demonstrators were injured in the incidents.
Aleksandr Lukashenko started his political life as a candidate in the deputy elections for the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics in 1989.
Lukashenko, who received 80 percent of the vote in the presidential election held in 1994, became the first president of the independent Republic of Belarus.
Lukashenko, who has won 5 elections so far, was elected as 83.49 percent of the vote in the last presidential election held in 2015.