White & Red
After the presidential elections in Belarus on August 9th 2020, Lukashenko was re-elected to a sixth term in office with official results crediting him 80% of the vote. However, Lukashenko’s main rivals were arrested even before the start of the election and independent observers were not allowed to count the votes. About a hundred thousand protestors fled the streets of Minsk on the same day and were met with stun grenades, tear gas, rubber bullets and severe beatings. Nearly 7,000 have been detained during violently suppressed demonstrations in the following week. While in government custody, some of the protesters were seriously injured with at least fifty being taken to the hospital in critical condition. Despite the repression, more and more people were joining the continuing protest. On August 23, over a hundred thousand Belarusians gathered for a mass rally in Minsk and thousands more protested in other Belarus cities making it the country’s biggest protest in modern history.Meanwhile, in Lithuania, about fifty thousand people joined hands forming a human chain in solidarity with Belarusians. It all took place on the anniversary of the Baltic Way, which saw over a million people form a human chain across Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, calling for independence from the Soviet Union.