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Activists across the Baltics form ‘human chain’ in support of Belarusian opposition01:53

Activists across the Baltics form ‘human chain’ in support of Belarusian opposition

International, Vilnius, Lithuania. Riga, Latvia, Tallinn, Estonia.
August 24, 2020 at 01:26 GMT +00:00 · Published

Hundreds of activists in the Baltic states of Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia formed a ‘human chain’ to express their support for the Belarusian opposition on Sunday.

The event, called "Path of Freedom," took place in Vilnius, Riga, and Tallinn, as well as locations along the border with the Belarusian Republic.

Footage shows the participants chanting the slogan "Live, Belarus!" and holding a giant white-red-white flag, which has become a symbol of the Belarusian opposition.

According to media reports, more than 400 people took part in the rally in Riga, including the country's president, Egils Levits. Lithuanian leader Gitanas Nauseda and other politicians also joined the Vilnius event.

Massive rallies kicked off in Belarus after exit polls results were announced on Sunday, August 9. According to the Central Election Commission, Lukashenko, who has been in power in Belarus since 1994, won the August 9 election with 80.1 percent of the vote.

More than 6,700 people have been detained in Belarus since the beginning of the protests. The Interior Ministry of Belarus reported hundreds of injured, including more than 120 police officers. The Health Ministry of Belarus also confirmed three deaths during the rallies.

Outside of the anti-Lukashenko protests, rallies have taken place in support of the incumbent president.

Activists across the Baltics form ‘human chain’ in support of Belarusian opposition01:53
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Hundreds of activists in the Baltic states of Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia formed a ‘human chain’ to express their support for the Belarusian opposition on Sunday.

The event, called "Path of Freedom," took place in Vilnius, Riga, and Tallinn, as well as locations along the border with the Belarusian Republic.

Footage shows the participants chanting the slogan "Live, Belarus!" and holding a giant white-red-white flag, which has become a symbol of the Belarusian opposition.

According to media reports, more than 400 people took part in the rally in Riga, including the country's president, Egils Levits. Lithuanian leader Gitanas Nauseda and other politicians also joined the Vilnius event.

Massive rallies kicked off in Belarus after exit polls results were announced on Sunday, August 9. According to the Central Election Commission, Lukashenko, who has been in power in Belarus since 1994, won the August 9 election with 80.1 percent of the vote.

More than 6,700 people have been detained in Belarus since the beginning of the protests. The Interior Ministry of Belarus reported hundreds of injured, including more than 120 police officers. The Health Ministry of Belarus also confirmed three deaths during the rallies.

Outside of the anti-Lukashenko protests, rallies have taken place in support of the incumbent president.

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