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Belarus: Clashes break out on Minsk streets after presidential election announcement01:39

Belarus: Clashes break out on Minsk streets after presidential election announcement

Belarus
August 10, 2020 at 19:01 GMT -00:00 · Published

Clashes broke out as thousands took to the streets of Minsk after the presidential election on Sunday.

Protesters were seen fighting with police, as law enforcement officers detained some of them. Some 50 activists and 39 police officers were injured, and one protester was reported to be dead after falling off a police vehicle.

"They [protesters] are trying to throw us this mess. I warned you that there will be no Euromaidan. No matter how much someone wants it. So we need to calm down and the parents need to watch where their children are so that they won’t be hurt later," Lukashenko commented.

The protests started on Sunday after the exit poll results were announced. Around 3,000 people were detained in several different cities, including more than 1,500 alone in the capital Minsk, according to the Interior Ministry.

The Belarus Central Electoral Commission (CEC) announced the preliminary results of the election on Monday, showing that incumbent Lukashenko received more than 80 percent of the ballots. His main opponent Svetlana Tikhanovskaya got less than 10 percent of the vote, according to the CEC.

Lukashenko has been in power in Belarus since 1994.

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Clashes broke out as thousands took to the streets of Minsk after the presidential election on Sunday.

Protesters were seen fighting with police, as law enforcement officers detained some of them. Some 50 activists and 39 police officers were injured, and one protester was reported to be dead after falling off a police vehicle.

"They [protesters] are trying to throw us this mess. I warned you that there will be no Euromaidan. No matter how much someone wants it. So we need to calm down and the parents need to watch where their children are so that they won’t be hurt later," Lukashenko commented.

The protests started on Sunday after the exit poll results were announced. Around 3,000 people were detained in several different cities, including more than 1,500 alone in the capital Minsk, according to the Interior Ministry.

The Belarus Central Electoral Commission (CEC) announced the preliminary results of the election on Monday, showing that incumbent Lukashenko received more than 80 percent of the ballots. His main opponent Svetlana Tikhanovskaya got less than 10 percent of the vote, according to the CEC.

Lukashenko has been in power in Belarus since 1994.

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