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Ukraine: Protesters hold solidarity rally outside Belarusian embassy 01:47

Ukraine: Protesters hold solidarity rally outside Belarusian embassy

Ukraine, Kiev
August 13, 2020 at 20:53 GMT -00:00 · Published

Demonstrators held a rally of solidarity with detained protesters in Belarus near the country's embassy in Kiev on Thursday.

Hundreds of people gathered outside the building demanding the release of Ukrainian volunteers and journalists, detained in Minsk on Wednesday.

The mass protests started on Sunday after election officials announced that incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko had won more than 80 percent of the vote.

Mass protests against Belarusian president have been taking place across the country since Sunday. The Interior Ministry says around 6,700 people have been detained in 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 jailed Belarusian opposition figure and blogger Sergei Tikhanovsky, received just over 10 percent of the vote. She has since left the country for Lithuania.

Ukraine: Protesters hold solidarity rally outside Belarusian embassy 01:47
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Demonstrators held a rally of solidarity with detained protesters in Belarus near the country's embassy in Kiev on Thursday.

Hundreds of people gathered outside the building demanding the release of Ukrainian volunteers and journalists, detained in Minsk on Wednesday.

The mass protests started on Sunday after election officials announced that incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko had won more than 80 percent of the vote.

Mass protests against Belarusian president have been taking place across the country since Sunday. The Interior Ministry says around 6,700 people have been detained in 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 jailed Belarusian opposition figure and blogger Sergei Tikhanovsky, received just over 10 percent of the vote. She has since left the country for Lithuania.

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