Belarus protests turn violent after contested election win

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Published on 10 Aug 2020, 9:57
Anti-government protesters were met with rubber bullets, flash grenades and water cannons to disperse demonstrations that erupted in several cities in Belarus.

The clashes came after a presidential vote that the opposition says was rigged.

President Alexander Lukashenko has been re-elected for a sixth consecutive term in an election that saw his toughest opposition challenge in years.

However, there is widespread suspicion that the election was not fair, with two opposition candidates denied places on the ballot before one of them was jailed and the other fled to Russia, Sky News reports.

Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, 37, entered in place of her jailed husband and went on to lead large opposition rallies.

But after a state TV exit poll showed Mr Lukashenko was winning 79.7% of the vote, protests broke out.

Squares and streets in the capital Minsk were earlier sealed off by police as Mr Lukashenko vowed that the situation would remain "under control", BBC News reports.

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko won a landslide re-election victory, the central election commission said today.

Figures released by the election commission this morning gave Lukashenko 80 per cent of the vote.

Svetlana Tikhanouskaya, a former English teacher who stood to become Lukashenko's main rival, won 9.9 per cent of the vote, the data showed.

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