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DW News 12 Oct 2020

Belarus: Violent crackdown on anti-Lukashenko protesters in Minsk

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Tens of thousands of Belarusians once again took to the streets of the capital Minsk to protest against hardline leader Alexander Lukashenko. Security forces have detained hundreds of demonstrators. Opposition groups say Lukashenko rigged elections in August and must step down.


Police officers in Minsk detained several protesters as women in Belarus' capital rallied for a third consecutive week against the recent reelection of the country's authoritarian leader Alexander Lukashenko.
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Mass protests continued in Belarus, as the opposition threatened a mass walkout by workers if President Alexander Lukashenko did not resign.

Sunday, 25 October, was the last day of an ultimatum set by Svetlana Tikhanovskaya.

Protests have swept the country since Mr Lukashenko claimed victory in an August poll widely viewed as rigged.

He has ruled Belarus for 26 years and is often described as "Europe's last dictator".
People in camouflage who work with Belarusian riot police detained and beat demonstrators in Minsk, protesting the disputed presidential reelection of President Alexander Lukashenko. Protesters said the election was rigged and called for Lukashenko to resign. Authorities arrested at least 100 protesters across the country.

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