Protests in Belarus

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Alexander Vasukovich

Alexander Vasukovich is an independent freelance photojournalist who lives in Minsk, Belarus. He was born in Minsk in 1985. Alexander began his career as a photojournalist in 2011.

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Protests in Belarus

On August 9, 2020, there were presidential elections in Belarus. The public had high hopes for a fair election that would change president Alexander Lukashenko, who ruled the country for 26 years. However, Lukashenko's main rivals were arrested even before the start of the election campaign. Independent observers were not allowed to count the votes, which led to massive protests that continue to this day. More than 25 thousand people were detained. Five people were killed. More than 380 people reported torture and beatings during their detention. More than 300 people are recognized as political prisoners. These are the first such protests in the country's history, which will forever go down in the history of modern Belarus with the unprecedented brutality of the security forces. For more than three months, hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets every Sunday to peacefully show how many desired the changes. However, the further - the more violence and repression were applied to them.