Belarus election: Protesters met with rubber bullets, water canons and flash grenades

Belarus election: Protesters met with rubber bullets, water canons and flash grenades

Large protests broke out in Belarus soon after the polls closed in the country’s contested presidential election. Alexander Lukashenko who has ruled for 26 years, claimed he had won a landslide victory. Crowds of thousands gathered to contest the claim but where met with rubber bullets, water canons flash grenades, teargas from security forces. The main opposition candidate, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, came under heavy pressure as eight members of her staff were arrested, and one of her top aides fled the country


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