Belarus election fraud protestors clash with police in new demonstration

[JURIST] Riot police and demonstrators clashed Saturday in the Belarus [JURIST news archive] capital city of Minsk as thousands of citizens gathered again to protest alleged election fraud in last Sunday's presidential elections [JURIST report] in which current President Alexander Lukashenko [official website; BBC profile] was reelected. Opposition politician Aleksander Kozulin was reportedly beaten and detained by police as he was leading the march, although opposition candidate Alexander Milinkevich [campaign website; Wikipedia profile] denied reports that he himself had been arrested.

Election protests have been ongoing since last weekend. Police detained hundreds of demonstrators and shut down an election protest camp [JURIST report] in October Square Friday, leading protestors to move their opposition rally to a park Saturday and then on to a jail where fellow demonstrators are being detained following their recent arrests. BBC News has more. AP has additional coverage.

 

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