Brutal crackdown on protesters in Belarus, hundreds arrested


– In Belarus, opposition supporters are protesting against falsifying the results of the August 9 presidential election, which Alexander Lukashenko officially won for the sixth time, this time with more than 80 percent of the vote. Opposition candidate Sviatlana Cichanouska won only ten percent of the vote, according to authorities. The opposition, like the European Union, for example, considers this result of the vote to be falsified.

– Today, a large turnout is expected, as in previous Sunday demonstrations in Minsk, where this time the March of Heroes is planned and dedicated to the arrested opposition leader Maryja Kalesnikova. Kalesnikava was detained on Monday by masked people, apparently Belarusian security officials, and on Tuesday night they tried to force her out of the country, across the border into Ukraine, which they failed to do. Currently, she is supposed to be a representative of the opposition in the prison in the town of ┼Żodzina.

– Hundreds of women took part in another demonstration against the regime of authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko in the Belarusian capital Minsk on Saturday. Police cracked down on the protest and detained at least 46 protesters by evening, Reuters reported, referring to human rights activists.

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