Amid growing unrest, Belarus riot police dropped their shields as anti-government protesters chanted "brothers" at them. Following the results of the recent election, which many say was rigged, longtime president Alexander Lukashenko was reelected. According to CNN, tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Minsk to revolt against Lukashenko, who has been in power for 26 years. There are growing signs that the country's military and police officers have turned against him as support for opposition candidate Svethlana Tikhanovskaya, is gaining ground. Many Belarussian authorities have apologized for the harsh measures taken to quell protests. This is in sharp contrast to their earlier rhetoric and a hopeful sign of reform.