'How many grandmas should it take to oust one grandpa?' Retirees rally against Belarus' president

'How many grandmas should it take to oust one grandpa?' Retirees rally against Belarus' president

10/20/2020 1:58:00 PM

'How many grandmas should it take to oust one grandpa?' Retirees rally against Belarus' president

Thousands of retirees rally in the Belarusian capital of Minsk to demand the resignation of the country's longtime authoritarian president.

KYIV, Ukraine — About 3,000 retirees rallied in the Belarusian capital of Minsk for a third straight Monday to demand the resignation of President Alexander Lukashenko as mass protests against a disputed election continue to roil the country.

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They marched through the streets carrying flowers and chanting for Lukashenko, 66, to “go away!” One banner said: “How many grandmas should it take to oust one grandpa?”Pro-Lukashenko pensioners also rallied in the capital. About 2,000 people — many of them men in military and security-forces uniforms — converged on Minsk’s Independence Square with national flags and banners that said, “For peace, prosperity and traditional values.” Local media reported that some had been bused to the rally in what appeared to be an state-organized effort.

Lukashenko, who has run the country for 26 years and has been dubbed “Europe’s last dictator,” wasthat was widely seen as rigged. Official results said he received 80% of the vote, while his main opponent, schoolteacher Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, got only 10%. She refused to recognize the results as valid, saying they had been manipulated.

Advertisementregularly protesting in Minskand other cities since the vote, demanding that Lukashenko step down, with the largest rallies drawing up to 200,000 people. Read more: Los Angeles Times »

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