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Belarus: Women rally in Minsk in support of detained protesters 01:07

Belarus: Women rally in Minsk in support of detained protesters

Belarus, Minsk
August 12, 2020 at 13:36 GMT -00:00 · Published

Several hundred women dressed in white took to the streets in Minsk on Wednesday in solidarity with protesters who have been injured and detained following the country’s presidential election on Sunday.

The group formed a human chain at the Komarovsky Market in central Minsk and chanted "freedom".

Since the election, mass protests have taken place in several Belarusian cities against the vote's results.

The Interior Ministry says that around 6,000 people have been detained throughout the country since Sunday. One protester has died during the demonstrations.

Incumbent leader Lukashenko, who has been in power in Belarus since 1994, won the August 9 election with more than 80 percent of the ballots, according to the country’s Central Election Commission.

His closest opponent Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, the wife of Belarusian opposition figure and blogger Sergei Tikhanovsky, received 10.09 percent of the vote. She has since fled the country for Lithuania.

Belarus: Women rally in Minsk in support of detained protesters 01:07
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Several hundred women dressed in white took to the streets in Minsk on Wednesday in solidarity with protesters who have been injured and detained following the country’s presidential election on Sunday.

The group formed a human chain at the Komarovsky Market in central Minsk and chanted "freedom".

Since the election, mass protests have taken place in several Belarusian cities against the vote's results.

The Interior Ministry says that around 6,000 people have been detained throughout the country since Sunday. One protester has died during the demonstrations.

Incumbent leader Lukashenko, who has been in power in Belarus since 1994, won the August 9 election with more than 80 percent of the ballots, according to the country’s Central Election Commission.

His closest opponent Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, the wife of Belarusian opposition figure and blogger Sergei Tikhanovsky, received 10.09 percent of the vote. She has since fled the country for Lithuania.

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