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Belarus: Anti-government protests enter 100th day

Over 700 protesters detained, says Interior Ministry

Elena Teslova   | 16.11.2020
Belarus: Anti-government protests enter 100th day File Photo - Belarusian opposition supporters march during a rally against presidential election results, in central Minsk, Belarus on September 13, 2020. The Belorussian opposition initiated mass protests nationwide after a presidential election on August 9 saw incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko reelected for a sixth term.

MOSCOW

Anti-government protests in Belarus entered the 100th day on Monday.

The Belarusian Interior Ministry has registered 35 demonstrations over the past 24 hours, noting the figure has gone down.

Over 700 people were arrested for creating public nuisance, Interior Ministry spokeswoman Olga Chemodanova said on the Telegram app.

She added that the protesters in Minsk were aggressive.

Belarus has been rocked by mass protests since Alexander Lukashenko, who has ruled the ex-Soviet nation for over 26 years, was reelected to a sixth term in the Aug. 9 election his opponents say was rigged.

Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, who now lives in exile in Lithuania, was Lukashenko's main challenger.

Both the US and EU have rejected the presidential election, and imposed sanctions against top Belarusian officials for their role in vote manipulation and a crackdown on protesters.

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