Protests shake Belarus after rigged vote, brutal assaults

Vol. 84/No. 34 - August 31, 2020
Thousands of working people march from Minsk tractor factory to Belarus parliament Aug. 14. Banner answers President Lukashenko’s attacks, saying: “We’re not sheep. ... We are MTZ workers, we are not 20 people, we are 16,000!” Inset, like many disgusted at violent attacks on demonstrators, soldier had himself filmed throwing his uniform away into the garbage.

Some 200,000 people took to the streets in Minsk, capital of Belarus, Aug. 16, pressing to rid themselves of the repressive regime of President Alexander Lukashenko. One week earlier he had declared “victory” in an election, widely recognized as a…