Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko flew over pro-democracy protesters in Misnk wearing a riot gear, brazing a rifle from his shoulder.
Lukashenko’s press service recorded and posted a series of bizarre videos in which the strongman leader inspected the city from a helicopter, wearing an all-black uniform and a bulletproof vest.
“They ran away like rats,” Lukashenko said as the aircraft approached one of his Minsk residencies, the Palace of Independence.
President #Lukashenko flew in to his presidential palace by a chopper. He was seen carrying a gun after landing. This video from inside a chopper also captures a man in full military gear and it seems this is his son Nikolay. #surreal #Belarus pic.twitter.com/QcpAttnGXH
— Abdujalil A (@abdujalil) August 23, 2020
In another video, he is seen stepping out of a helicopter at the palace with a Kalashnikov-style rifle in his hands. Accompanied by armed soldiers and his 15-year-old son Kolya, also armed and wearing a military uniform, the group appears to thank riot police who formed a barricade on the avenue leading to the residence during the protests.
— EHA News (@eha_news) August 23, 2020
The demonstrations demand the resignation of President Lukashenko and a new presidential poll. Protests have now entered the third week.
Belarusian opposition leaders, the world community by general except for Russia and China have criticized the country’s August 9 poll for being neither free nor fair.
Lukashenko who is ruling for 26 years now has blamed the West for steering the protests and voiced a series of unfounded claims about the West stepping up its military efforts near Belarus borders.
— Rajendra Velhe (@RajendraVelhe) August 24, 2020