Women form solidarity lines in Minsk
Dateline: 22 August 2020 - Minsk
Date: 08/22/2020 03:13 PM
Minsk - 22 August 2020
1. Women standing in "solidarity line" to protest violence against protesters
2. Women holding flag
3. Women walking forward holding flowers
4. Various of women standing in line
5. Pan of women standing in line
6. Security warning that the protest is illegal
7. Protesters standing with banners reading (Russian): "Strike", "Go to court for the violence"
8. Protester holding banner reading (Russian): "Tortures and deaths at Okrestina (detention centre)"
9. Olga Kovalkova, member of opposition Coordination Council walking and holding flowers
10. Various of people playing music
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Hundreds of women formed a line of solidarity in the Belarusian capital of Minsk on Saturday in protest at the police crackdown on demonstrators following the disputed elections earlier this month.
Thousands of people demonstrated against the results of the August 9 election which handed current president Alexander Lukashenko a sixth term in office.
Protesters allege the results were manipulated and are calling Lukashenko to resign and to stop violence against demonstrators.
During the first four days of post-election protests, police detained almost 7,000 people and injured hundreds with rubber bullets, stun grenades and clubs.
At least three protesters died and scores displayed serious bruises from police beatings.
On Friday, the state Investigative Committee opened an inquiry into claims that police raped women in custody.
In a show of defiance, an estimated 200,000 protesters rallied last Sunday in the capital Minsk.
Lukashenko's main election challenger, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, has called for another march this Sunday.