On the evening of August 9, after the CEC announced that, according to preliminary calculations, the incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko is gaining 82% of the vote in five regions, thousands of people took to the streets in Minsk and other Belarusian cities to protest against falsification of election results.
Telegram channels Belarus Brain and Nexta publish photos of protocols from polling stations where Svetlana Tikhanovskaya received an overwhelming majority of votes.
The radio station’s own correspondent RFI reported that Tikhanovskaya was going to appeal the results of the presidential elections. At a press conference held after the closure of polling stations, she said that the Joint Headquarters had at their disposal several final protocols of counting votes from at least ten polling stations, indicating her victory.
In Minsk, near the presidential administration and near the stele on Pobediteley Avenue, clashes between security forces and protesters take place. In Minsk and other cities, the police use stun grenades and tear gas. In the center of the capital, barricades from garbage cans are being built.
Clashes with security officials are taking place in Vitebsk, Lida, Baranovichi and other cities. In a number of cities, riot police are being pushed back.
Media reported that riot policemen in Zhodino refused to use force against demonstrators. They put their shields on the ground in front of the protesters.
On social networks, they call on the citizens of Belarus to declare a general strike on August 10, demanding an honest presidential election.