BELARUS PROTESTERS STAGE FIRST SUNDAY MARCH OF 2021
Protests in Belarus have endured into the new year, with the first Sunday demo of 2021 seeing participants march through Minsk as they have over the last five months, Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa) reported.
Videos published by the independent news portal tut.by showed protesters carrying the opposition's flag and chanting "Long live Belarus" while marching through Minsk's residential areas. There were no reports of arrests.
Security forces have brutally cracked down on demonstrators in weeks past. Since the demonstrations first began in August, more than 30,000 people have been taken into police custody.
After all these weeks, protesters still want the same thing, opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya wrote on Sunday from her exile in Lithuania: "Freedom from violence, the release of political prisoners and new, fair elections."
Belarus has been rocked by mass protests every weekend since its longtime leader Alexander Lukashenko claimed victory in an August 9 election that the opposition says was rigged.
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