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Belarus: Thousands gather for opposition rally in Minsk 
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Belarus: Thousands gather for opposition rally in Minsk

Belarus, Minsk
September 20, 2020 at 14:58 GMT +00:00 · Published

Thousands of people gathered in the capital of Belarus for an anti-government rally on Sunday, in Minsk.

Members of the rally could be seen holding the former white-red-white Belarusian flag, which has become synonymous with the Belarusian opposition, as they went down the Victors Avenue from the Minsk Hero City Obelisk towards the Independence Palace.

Earlier in the day, the avenue was blocked by riot police officers. The authorities also placed a tight cordon near the Minsk Hero City Obelisk and sent a column of police with special equipment and a truck with Ministry of Internal Affairs troops to the State Flag Square.

Other anti-government protests were also held in other cities of Belarus.

On Saturday police detained 430 people during anti-government rallies in the country, the Internal Affairs Ministry of Belarus reported. It also added that 385 of the detained have already been released.

Belarus has been swept by anti-government protests following the disputed presidential election on Sunday, August 9, that saw incumbent president Alexander Lukashenko re-elected for a sixth term.

On August 19 the European Union announced plans to enact sanctions against "a substantial number of individuals responsible for violence, repression, and election fraud" in Belarus.

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Thousands of people gathered in the capital of Belarus for an anti-government rally on Sunday, in Minsk.

Members of the rally could be seen holding the former white-red-white Belarusian flag, which has become synonymous with the Belarusian opposition, as they went down the Victors Avenue from the Minsk Hero City Obelisk towards the Independence Palace.

Earlier in the day, the avenue was blocked by riot police officers. The authorities also placed a tight cordon near the Minsk Hero City Obelisk and sent a column of police with special equipment and a truck with Ministry of Internal Affairs troops to the State Flag Square.

Other anti-government protests were also held in other cities of Belarus.

On Saturday police detained 430 people during anti-government rallies in the country, the Internal Affairs Ministry of Belarus reported. It also added that 385 of the detained have already been released.

Belarus has been swept by anti-government protests following the disputed presidential election on Sunday, August 9, that saw incumbent president Alexander Lukashenko re-elected for a sixth term.

On August 19 the European Union announced plans to enact sanctions against "a substantial number of individuals responsible for violence, repression, and election fraud" in Belarus.

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