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Tens of thousands of people protested against the President of Belarus

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Tens of thousands of people protested against the President of Belarus 2
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The crowd of protesters marched through the streets toward Independence Square.

Protesters holding aloft victory symbols and holding flowers and balloons gathered at Independence Square, where they have been gathering in recent days to peacefully protest the results of the August 9 election.

Crowd protesting against President Alexander Lukashenko in Minsk, Belarus, August 16.

The opposition accused the election results of many frauds, but President Alexander Lukashenko, who has been in power for 26 years, denied, citing official results showing he won over 80% of the vote.

“Now we are changing history,” said Yekaterina Gorbina, 26. “Blood was shed and people will never forget it.”

Protesters also carried signs with slogans such as `You cannot wash away blood` or `Lukashenko must answer for torture and deaths`.

Clashes between protesters and security forces have left at least two people dead and thousands arrested.

In addition to Minsk, protesters also took to the streets to march in several other large cities and towns in Belarus, local media reported.

On the same day, before protests against President Lukashenko took place, he also organized a rally with the participation of thousands of supporters at Independence Square.

`I call on all of you not to defend me… but to defend your country and this independence for the first time in a quarter of a decade,` President Lukashenko said.

Belarusian state media said about 65,000 people attended the rally, but an AFP reporter estimated the number was only about 10,000.

Tens of thousands of people protested against the President of Belarus

President Lukashenko spoke to a crowd of supporters at Independence Square in Minsk on August 16.

Standing on the podium in a short-sleeved shirt, Lukashenko reaffirmed the legitimacy of the election results.

On August 16, the Kremlin issued a statement saying that Russian President Vladimir Putin told his Belarusian counterpart Lukashenko that Russia is ready to implement a collective defense treaty if necessary to help Belarus `solve the problems`.

Russia believes that `external pressure` is causing unrest with anti-Lukashenko protests, but does not specify where those pressures come from.

The opposition has called for a general strike from August 17 after hundreds of workers at state-run factories stopped working since August 14.

European governments condemned the election and the repression of protesters by Belarusian police.

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