Protests in Belarus erupted with renewed vigor after Lukashenka’s inauguration

Belarus protests continue after Lukashenko’s secret inauguration | DW News

Protests in Belarus erupted with renewed vigor after Lukashenka's inauguration

Opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya called secret ceremony; farce

On Wednesday evening, thousands of Belarusians took part in protests against the secret presidential inauguration of Alexander Lukashenko.

Security forces in Minsk used water cannons against protesters and detained dozens of people. Protests erupted after state news agency BelTA reported that 66-year-old Lukashenko had been sworn in for a sixth term..

Despite numerous reports of fraud, Lukashenko insists that he won a decisive victory in the August 9 elections with 80 percent of the vote..

“We did not just elect the president of the country – we defended our values, our peaceful life, sovereignty and independence,” Lukashenka said during the inauguration ceremony. – I can’t, I don’t have the right to leave Belarusians ”.

At the same time, the atmosphere in the country is far from festive. On the eve of the inauguration, which was not broadcast on state television, roads for Lukashenka’s motorcade were blocked in Minsk. There were no foreign diplomats at the ceremony, including representatives of Russia.

In an interview with Voice of America correspondent Igor Tikhonenko, US Senator Jack Reid, a member of the Committee on the Armed Forces, called the secret ceremony yet another indication that Lukashenko has lost the support of the Belarusian people..

“The Belarusian people have really demonstrated great courage and firmness of intentions,” Reed said. – They were not afraid of terror, harassment, attacks from the police. And they keep taking to the streets. They really understand that Lukashenka must leave and are doing everything possible to make him leave. “.

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A few hours after the inauguration, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, Lukashenko’s main rival in the elections, issued a statement in which she called the event a “farce.”.

Protests in Belarus erupted with renewed vigor after Lukashenka's inauguration

“Today, secretly from the people, Lukashenka tried to hold his own inauguration,” she said, stressing that he is no longer the legitimate and legitimate leader of Belarus..

“I, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, am the only leader elected by the Belarusian people,” she said..

Tihanovskaya promised to hold free and fair elections as soon as Lukashenka is removed from power.

Several European countries, including Germany, Denmark and the Baltic states, have said they no longer recognize the Lukashenka government. “The fact that this ceremony was prepared in secret and held without public participation is very significant,” said German government spokesman Steffen Seibert in a statement released by Interfax. “And after this ceremony, Mr. Lukashenko cannot count on democratic legitimacy.”.

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The European Union spoke in the same vein on Thursday. “This“ inauguration ”directly contradicts the will of a significant part of the population of Belarus, expressed in numerous, unprecedented and peaceful protests after the elections, and serves only to further deepen the political crisis in Belarus,” an official statement from Brussels says. On Wednesday, September 23rd, the State Department announced a similar US position..

EU calls for sanctions against those responsible for electoral fraud and violence against peaceful demonstrators.

Russia did not give official comments after the inauguration, but has previously stated that it recognizes Lukashenko as the legitimate leader of the country..

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