Protesters gather in Minsk, defying Lukashenko's threats
Over 100,000 protesters have again rallied to call for the resignation of President Alexander Lukashenko after a disputed election. The army was deployed, purportedly to protect national monuments from protesters.
Draped in red-and-white opposition flags, they descended on Independence Square, chanting slogans against President Alexander Lukashenko, who secured victory in a controversial election on August 9.
The Defense Ministry announced Sunday it will deploy the army to protect national monuments from protesters and any unrest near these sites will not be tolerated.
Authorities have arrested nearly 7,000 people since the demonstrations erupted in the wake of vote, with protest organizers alleging police of torturing and abusing the detainees.