Tens of hundreds have once more taken to the streets in Belarus, dealing with off towards riot police to protest towards President Alexander Lukashenko.
An enormous police presence has cordoned off areas comparable to Independence Square in the capital, Minsk, and the inside ministry reviews 125 arrests to this point.
Protesters are chanting “disgrace” and “leave” in standoffs with police.
Belarus has been gripped by mass protests because the 9 August election, broadly believed to have been rigged.
Mr Lukashenko, who has been in energy for 26 years, has stated he has no intention of stepping down and denies electoral fraud.
What is the most recent on the streets?
It could be very tense, with massive numbers of riot police dealing with off towards traces of protesters carrying balloons, flowers and red-and-white opposition flags.
The BBC’s Steve Rosenberg in Minsk says there are way more police than throughout earlier protests. He says some protesters are mendacity down on the highway to attempt to stop riot police from shifting, with others chanting “disgrace” and “go away”.
Some mocked Mr Lukashenko on his 66th birthday, carrying a cockroach puppet and chanting “happy birthday, you rat”.
One massive group of protesters marched in the direction of the presidential palace, which was closely protected by riot police and water cannon automobiles. Armoured personnel carriers have been seen shifting to the world to defend it.
Many streets have been blocked off by police in Minsk to attempt to stop individuals reaching the principle protest areas.
Other smaller protests are reported in cities comparable to Brest and Grodno.
Journalists proceed to face points reporting the unrest. On Saturday, the authorities withdrew the accreditation of 17 reporters, most of them Belarusian residents who’ve been reporting for international media shops.
Two journalists with the BBC’s Russian service have been amongst these affected. In a press release, the BBC stated it condemned “in the strongest possible terms this stifling of independent journalism”.
Has Lukashenko reacted?
There is not any direct phrase, though the inside ministry confirmed 125 arrests.
Russian President Vladimir Putin telephoned Mr Lukashenko on his birthday and reportedly invited him to go to Moscow.
It seemed to be the most recent signal of Kremlin help for a president who has not at all times been seen positively by Russia.
But Mr Putin has stated he has fashioned a police reserve drive to intervene in Belarus if obligatory, though “it won’t be used until the situation gets out of control”.
What’s the background?
Unrest in Belarus was triggered earlier this month by an election broadly believed to have been rigged in favour of Mr Lukashenko, who has been in energy since 1994.
The main opposition candidate, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, was detained the day after the vote and left for Lithuania, from the place she has since known as for protests.
Belarus has seen unprecedented opposition demonstrations and employees have staged walkouts at main state enterprises. Thousands have been arrested and there have been quite a few reviews of police brutality.
At least 4 individuals have died and a whole lot have been injured.
The European Union and the US are amongst these to reject the election as neither free nor truthful. The EU is getting ready sanctions towards officers it accuses of rigging the end result to ship Mr Lukashenko’s victory and of cracking down on the opposition motion.
Mr Lukashenko, who has already served 26 years as president, claimed a sixth time period when election authorities stated he had received 80% of the vote. But Ms Tikhanovskaya stated she had received 60-70% primarily based on outcomes that had been correctly counted.
A felony case has focused the Co-ordination Council, which has since been arrange by the opposition. Mr Lukashenko accuses it of making an attempt to grab energy.
The most distinguished opposition chief inside Belarus, Maria Kolesnikova, has been questioned by prosecutors – as has Nobel literature prize-winner Svetlana Alexievich.