Authorities fired water cannons and detained protesters in Minsk, Belarus, on October 4, during the 57th day of consecutive demonstrations against the reelection of President Alexander Lukashenko, according to local reports.
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) reported protesters marched to Akrestsina prison in Minsk, where several arrested protesters were being held. Video filmed by RFE/RL shows police forces detaining and shoving protesters and using water cannon on crowds on Minsk streets.
Demonstrations erupted across Belarus after President Alexander Lukashenko’s administration announced his victory, winning a sixth term, in country’s election on August 9.
The results were denounced by opposition politicians, including Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, who claimed the election was rigged. Tsikhanouskaya and several of Lukashenko’s other political opponents have fled the country. Credit: Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty via Storyful