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Belarus Police Crush Protests as Ruler Claims Huge Election Win

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko won a landslide re-election victory, the central election commission said on Monday, after late night clashes between police and thousands of protesters who said the vote was rigged.

Police used stun grenades, rubber bullets and water cannon.

Opposition supporters said they suspected election officials would manipulate the results of Sunday's vote to give the 65-year-old Lukashenko a sixth term.

"We have already won, because we have overcome our fear, our apathy and our indifference".

The mother-of-two only entered the race after her husband, Sergei Tikhanovsky, an anti-government blogger who had meant to run himself, was jailed.

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The protesters raised their voices against Lukashenko's rule, his prolonged stay in power - he has been in office since 1994, and lifted the two-term limit in 2004 - as well as the weak economy and poor handling of the coronavirus situation. Anna Kanopatskaya got 1.68 percent, Andrei Dmitriyev 1.04 percent, Sergei Cherechen 1.13 percent, and none of the above 6.02 percent, Yermoshina said.

In particular, law enforcement agencies apprehended Elena Redkova, who is an authorized representative of presidential candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, along with Tatyana Bosyuk, a member of her headquarters. "Do you want to try to overthrow the government, break something, wound, offend, and expect me or someone to kneel in front of you and kiss them and the sand onto which you wandered?"

Germany called for the European Union to consider imposing fresh sanctions on Belarus unless significant reforms are made in the wake of the allegedly rigged election. He argued that the protesters met a due response overnight after injuring dozens of police officers and attempting to take control of official buildings in several Belarusian cities.

- Belarus began voting in an election on Sunday that poses the biggest challenge in years to incumbent president Alexander Lukashenko.

Russia's RIA news agency cited the Belarusian Interior Ministry as saying on Monday that police had detained around 3,000 people at Sunday's post-election protests.

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"We call on the authorities of Belarus to ensure free and fair presidential elections and immediately release the human rights defenders, activists, journalists, political opponents and peaceful protesters, ensuring their fundamental rights".

The campaign saw the rise of Ms Tikhanovskaya, 37, a former teacher who became a stay-at-home mother until she was thrust into the political spotlight.

They are hoping to see elections re-run democratically in the coming months.

"We believe that under the leadership of President Lukashenko, Belarus will make new progress in various undertakings", said Zhao.

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