In the center of Minsk thousands of people turned on flashlights and chanted “Believe, may, will win!” then parted. Video

From the 4th to the 8th of August took place in Belarus early voting for presidential elections and the August 9th primary. For President ran five candidates. On 14 August, the CEC announced the final results of presidential elections. According to official figures, won by incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko, who voted for 80.1% of the voters. Second place with 10.1% of votes took opposition candidate Svetlana Tikhanovski. The other candidates received less than 2%.

Elections were held in Belarus without independent international observers. After the polls closed on 9 August in several cities the protests began, which lasts to the present day. Protesters accuse the authorities of rigging the election. They gather in the evening to protest, and at night differ. To disperse the protesters, security forces used lethal weapons, in particular in Minsk they used stun grenades, rubber bullets and water cannons.

At the moment we know about the arrest about 7 thousand protesters, at least two people were killed, hundreds were injured and wounded.

Foreign States and international organizations called on the Belarusian authorities to refrain from violence. Such statements, in particular, made USA, EU, Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania and others. In the US and the EU stated that the elections in Belarus were not free and democratic.

The Secretary of state of the United States of America Mike Pompeo said that the United States can impose sanctions against Belarus or restrict the supply of American oil. The EU also plans to impose to Belarus the restrictive measures.

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