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    • Belarus police detain dozens of protesters at Saturday’s rally

      Belarus police detain dozens of protesters at Saturday’s rally

      Belarus police detained dozens of protesters on Saturday as thousands gathered in the capital Minsk demanding the release of a jailed opposition leader, news wires reported. Maria Kolesnikova has emerged as a key opposition figure after others were either jailed or forced out of the country, including Svetlana Tikhanovskaya who challenged President Alexander Lukashenko in the presidential election a month ago.

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    • Scores detained as mass protest in Belarus cracked down

      Scores detained as mass protest in Belarus cracked down

      Security forces in Belarus detained scores of protesters as the authorities launched a crackdown on mass demonstrations against President Alexander Lukashenko, news wires reported. Nearly a month after an election which Lukashenko’s opponents say he rigged, tens of thousands of people marched through Minsk, many decked out in red-and-white opposition colours and shouting “go away!” and “you’re a rat!”.

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    • Extinction Rebellion restarts protests

      Extinction Rebellion restarts protests

      Climate activists will target Britain's parliament and other institutions next week as Extinction Rebellion restarts large-scale protests for the first time since the Covid-19 outbreak, organisers said on Thursday cited by Reuters. The group said small-scale, regional protests would take place over the coming weekend ahead of larger scale demonstrations in London, Cardiff and Manchester.

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    • Belarus bets on fresh arrests

      Belarus bets on fresh arrests

      Police arrested around twenty people protesting the disputed reelection of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko on Wednesday, hours after Nobel Prize-winning author Svetlana Alexievich recounted her meeting with investigators in a criminal probe to the opposition, news wires reported.

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    • Lukashenko systematically strangles protests

      Lukashenko systematically strangles protests

      Belarusian police have rounded up dozens of protesters heading home from peaceful demonstrations, rights groups said on Wednesday, after days in which the authorities exercised comparative restraint towards mass anti-government rallies. At the same time Nobel Prize-winner Svetlana Alexievich, was to appear for questioning in a criminal investigation into an opposition council, two of whose leaders were jailed and sentenced this week, Reuters reported.

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    • Lukashenko orders police to step against protests

      Lukashenko orders police to step against protests

      Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko ordered his police on Wednesday to put down protests in the capital Minsk, signalling an escalation after a week and a half of mass demonstrations against his rule. The order came as EU leaders were holding an emergency summit over the political crisis in Belarus, which has heavily militarised borders with the EU.

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    • Lukashenko rewards security forces, protests continue

      Lukashenko rewards security forces, protests continue

      Alexander Lukashenko on Tuesday awarded medals “for impeccable service” to law enforcement officials who have helped him crack down on protesters, news wires reported. In an effort to clamp down on strike action that has hit some of the country's most important factories, the government also issued a missive to managers of state-run plants telling them to ensure workers fulfil their duties or be disciplined.

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