Days after inauguration, Belarusian police use tear gas & flashbang devices against anti-Lukashenko protesters in Gomel (VIDEO)
Belarusian cops employed tear gas and flashbang devices to disperse a rally against the country's long-time President Alexander Lukashenko, on Sunday, in the country’s second largest city, Gomel.
Police said they resorted to using the equipment because “some people acted inadequately." The flashbangs were fired only as warning shots, a spokesman insisted.
Videos from the scene showed a large group of demonstrators advancing on officers in balaclavas and full riot gear, who were blocking the street.
When the two groups came face to face, the police fired stun devices into the air and sprayed tear gas at the protesters.
After a brief shoving match the crowd retreated, shouting “fascists,” while the law enforcers were filmed arresting at least one man.
В Гомеле женщине в лицо распылили слезоточивый газ, слышны выстрелы. Люди в черном с дубинками и оружием оттесняют протестующих, те кричат «фашисты».Видео: @radiosvaboda pic.twitter.com/zaldlzYAoh— TUT.BY (@tutby) September 27, 2020
Gomel, which is populated by more than 500,000 people, is one of many cities in Belarus where protests took place on Sunday. The largest rally was staged the capital Minsk, where thousands took to the streets again to demand Lukashenko’s resignation and a new fair election.Also on rt.com ‘Run of the Free’ athletes prove too slow for Belarusian police as several jogging anti-Lukashenko protesters detained (VIDEO)
People have been protesting across the country since the presidential election on August 9, which the opposition insists was rigged. The demonstrations have been marred by mass arrests and accusations of police brutality. Three protesters have died in the weeks since the election, with hundreds injured, including many police officers.
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