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Police in Belarus crack down on protesters, detain dozens

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Some 586 folks, together with not less than 40 journalists, had been detained by Belarusian safety forces on Sunday, a day after president Alexander Lukashenko met with detained opposition leaders.
Belarus has been rocked by weeks of protests after Lukashenko, who has led the nation since 1994, gained a landslide victory within the August 9 election. The vote was denounced by EU and US officers, and compelled Lukashenko to look to Moscow for assist.
The opposition says that Lukashenko’s primary challenger, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, was the rightful winner and desires new elections. Tikhanovskaya, who fled to Lithuania after the vote, gained solely about 10% to Lukashenko’s 80%, in accordance with the election committee.
On Saturday, Lukashenko met with jailed opposition leaders to debate plans for constitutional reforms.
Tikhanouskaya later mentioned that Lukashenko had “acknowledged the existence of political prisoners whom he used to call criminals”.
“We will continue to march peacefully and persistently and demand what is ours: new free and transparent elections”, Tikhanouskaya wrote on her Telegram channel on Sunday.

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