Belarus opposition gathers for 'skate in protest' rally

Belarusian opposition is gathering for an unsanctioned rally at October Square in downtown Minsk to protest Sunday's presidential election.

The Minsk main square has been turned into a skating rink by authorities to prevent protest actions against the election results showing that Incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko is set to secure a landslide victory.

The early exit polls showed Lukashenko is sure to claim a fourth term, gaining 76.42% of the vote on Sunday while four of his nine rivals won slightly over 3% each.

The opposition said it already had evidence of vote-rigging and called on its supporters to meet at October Square after the polls were over and to demand holding new elections without Lukashenko.

Some 2,000 people have come at the square. Opposition asked its supporters to bring salt and sand and throw on the skating rink. Up to 150,000 people are expected to attend the rally.

MINSK, December 19 (RIA Novosti)


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