Elections in Belarus: People in Minsk protest against parliamentary elections

19:30 Sep. 12, 2016

People in Minsk protest against parliamentary elections

photo source: belaruspartisan.org

Hundreds of protesters gathered in central square to declare the vote unfair 

Several hundred people have gathered in Minsk, the capital of Belarus, in protest of the parliamentary elections that took place in the country on Sunday, September 11. 

The protesters hold placards and posters, saying new vote must be held and demanding that the country's President Alexander Lukashenko resign, local news agencies inform. 

Read also: U.S. extends sanctions against Belarus

At some point of the demonstrations, the activists escaped a fight with a few unidentified men, who tried to force them to leave, but were prevented by other participants of the protest.

The people are not the only ones left unsatisfied with the outcome of the elections. OSCE has also slammed the voting process, saying it was ‘in no way free and fair'.

As OSCE Observer Mission Chief Kent Harstedt said in an interview with RFE/RL, ‘there were so many violations that they did not meet international standards'.

Earlier Minsk said that two opposition politicians had won seats in the next parliament. They are the first opposition figures to win seats in 20 years as the parliament had been fully dominated by Lukashenko's allies.

Elections in Belarus haven't been recognized as democratic since the early 1990. 

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