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Scores of protesters detained as Belarus police disperse demonstration

Police in Belarus on Saturday detained scores of demonstrators pushing for the resignation of the country’s authoritarian leader after an August election widely seen as manipulated. Hundreds of students marched across the capital, chanting “Go away” to demand that President Alexander Lukashenko step down. They were blocked by police, who rounded up some and forced […]

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EU to sanction Lukashenko, citing worsening Belarus violence

FILE PHOTO: Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko speaks at an event in Minsk, Belarus, September 17, 2020. Tut.By via REUTERS/File PhotoLUXEMBOURG (Reuters) – European Union foreign ministers agreed on Monday to sanction Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko and other senior officials over an Aug. 9 election the West says was rigged, citing worsening police violence against protesters. […]

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Belarus opposition leader sees inspiration in fallen Berlin wall

Slideshow ( 3 images )BERLIN (Reuters) – Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tsikhanouskaya visited a fragment of the Berlin Wall ahead of a meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday, saying she saw in it a symbol of the transformation she wanted to bring about in her own country. Tsikhanouskaya, who says she won Belarus’s presidential […]

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Dozens of protesters detained during anti-government rally in Belarus

Belarus police detained dozens of protesters on Saturday as thousands of people gathered in the capital Minsk demanding the release of a jailed opposition leader, the latest in a wave of mass protests following a disputed election. Maria Kolesnikova, 38, has emerged as a key opposition figure after others were either jailed or forced out […]

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Hundreds of Belarus protesters say they were beaten by police, demand justice

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Artur Khomenko, an entrepreneur from Minsk, said police officers began beating him with their fists and truncheons after they detained him on the fourth night of huge protests that have weakened Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko’s grip on power. Then they pulled down his underwear and threatened to rape him with a truncheon, […]

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Belarus Protests, Aleksei Navalny, BBC: Your Thursday Briefing

Here’s what you need to know. By Natasha Frost (Want to get this briefing by email? Here’s the sign-up.) Good morning. We’re covering the first days of the Charlie Hebdo massacre trial, the results of Aleksei Navalny’s toxicology tests and a small but symbolic change for Afghan national identification cards. Germany calls for answers on […]

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Lukashenko gets birthday call from Putin as Belarus protests rumble

(Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin used a birthday phone call on Sunday to invite Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko to visit Moscow, a Kremlin show of support as thousands of protesters streamed into central Minsk demanding Lukashenko step down. President Lukashenko, who turned 66 on Sunday, is struggling to contain three weeks of protests and […]

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Ukraine has frozen dialogue with Belarus: foreign minister

KYIV (Reuters) – Ukraine has frozen contact with Belarus and joined the European Union in condemning the recent elections in its northerly neighbour as not free or fair, Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said on Friday. Kuleba added that there was no reason to break off diplomat relations entirely. Ukraine has so far been guarded in […]

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Nato rejects Belarus talk of border threat

Claims by Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko that “foreign powers” are organising a build-up of troops on the country’s border are baseless, says Nato. Dressed in military fatigues, the president said he had placed his armed forces on “high alert”. Protests continued in the streets of Minsk on Saturday following a disputed election two weeks ago. […]

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Belarus opposition urges EU not to recognise election ahead of summit

MINSK (Reuters) – Belarusian presidential challenger Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya urged European Union leaders on Wednesday not to recognise what she called fraudulent election results, saying longtime leader Alexander Lukashenko had lost all legitimacy. Tsikhanouskaya was speaking from exile in neighbouring Lithuania before an emergency EU summit, due to be held by video conference, to discuss the […]