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Riots and Protests in Belarus following the re-election of Dictator Alexander Lukashenko

Riots and Protests in Belarus following the re-election of Dictator Alexander Lukashenko

Belarus – On August 9, 2020 the dictator Alexander Lukashendo was re-elected as the President of Belarus. He has been in power since 1994. Mr. Lukashenko won 80% of the vote, according to a preliminary count. 

After the election, riots and protests arose in the country’s capital city of Minsk, according to the state’s television exit polls. The police used stun grenades, rubber bullets and water cannons to control violence. Approximately 120 people have been detained for rioting. 

The opposition leaders have refused to acknowledge these results. Svetlana Tikhanovskaya of the opposition party entered the election in place of her jailed husband and led many rallies. Tikhanovskaya initially called on Mr. Lukashenko to talk about transitioning to democracy. She later fled the country to protect her children, Tikhanovskaya said.

When will dictatorship end in Belarus and when will the people finally win?

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