Belarusian Authorities Arrest More Than a Hundred During Freedom Day Protests

Belarusian authorities have arrested over 50 protesters calling for the resignation of President Alexander Lukashenko. 

Military vehicles were sent into the city center to crack down the scattered groups of protesters and the riot police used water cannons on demonstrators.

Videos were posted on social media showing the police were arresting people holding the red-and-white flags that are an emblem of the opposition to President Alexander Lukashenko.

The demonstrators demanded the resignation of Lukashenko, as they believed that the presidential election last August against opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya was manipulated.

The protests happened during Freedom Day, an unofficial holiday in Belarus. 

On March 25, 1918, the Belarusian Democratic Republic (BDR) declared its independence from Russia, but this was repealed after several months by the Red Army.


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