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French ambassador leaves Belarus after President Lukashenko’s government expels him

France’s ambassador to Belarus has left the country after the Belarus government ordered him out. An embassy spokesperson told AFP that ambassador Nicolas de Lacoste left the country on Sunday. He had been told to leave by Monday. Mr de Lacoste, who is 57, was posted to Minsk late last year. Local media have suggested […]

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Belarus detains dozens over social media comments on Minsk shoot-out

Eighty-seven people were arrested in Belarus for commenting on social media about a shoot-out that claimed two lives, a human rights group says. It is the latest crackdown by Belarus leader Alexander Lukashenko, since he claimed victory in discredited elections over a year ago. An IT worker and a KGB security agent were shot dead […]

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Belarus hijacks Ryanair passenger flight with fake bomb threat to arrest dissident journalist

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko scrambled a fighter jet to force a Ryanair flight travelling from Greece to Lithuania to land in Minsk so he could arrest a dissident journalist who is now facing the death penalty following an ‘outlandish’ bomb scare. Ryanair flight FR4978, carrying 171 passengers, had been flying from Athens to Vilnius when […]

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Belarusian woman fined $900 for wearing footwear matching colours of banned opposition flag

A woman in Belarus was fined $900 for wearing red and white socks because they matched the colours of the Belarusian opposition nationalist movement’s flag. The woman was spotted in Minsk wearing the coloured socks and shoes as she was on her way to a driving lesson, and was grabbed by four men in balaclavas. […]

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Thousands join protests against Belarusian leader Lukashenko on DAY 120; hundreds detained

Thousands of people marched in the Belarusian capital Minsk on Sunday in weekly protests demanding the resignation of President Alexander Lukashenko. Police detained more than 300 people. Belarus has seen mass protests since the August 9th presidential elections which Lukashenko said he won. His opponents claim the vote was rigged and want him to quit. […]

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European Union slaps sanctions against Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko and his son

European Union added Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko and his son Viktor to its sanctions blacklist of Belarus officials, bringing the total to 59. The 15 added on Friday also include KGB secret police chief Ivan Tertel and President Lukashenko’s chief of staff Igor Sergeenko. The EU rejects Mr Lukashenko’s claim to have won re-election on […]

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Workers and students launch nationwide strike to intensify pressure on Belarusian President

Factory workers chanted slogans, students and pensioners took to the streets, and police detained at least 235 people on Monday as the Belarusian opposition sought to intensify pressure on veteran leader Alexander Lukashenko with a nationwide strike. Lukashenko defied an ultimatum to surrender power by midnight, challenging his opponents to carry out a threat to […]

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Exiled Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya gives Lukashenko 13 days to RESIGN

Exiled Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, on Tuesday gave strongman President Alexander Lukashenko a deadline of two weeks to resign, halt violence and release political prisoners, warning he would otherwise face a crippling general strike. Ms Tikhanovskaya maintains she was the true winner of an August 9 election, issued what she said was a “people’s […]

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Lukashenko’s forces use stun grenades and water cannon to break up Belarusians protesting

Security forces in the Belarusian capital have arrested dozens of protesters and used stun grenades and water cannon to break up crowds demanding a new presidential election. Belarus has been rocked by street protests and strikes since longtime ruler Alexander Lukashenko was officially declared the winner by a landslide in a disputed August 9 vote. […]

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Tens of thousands of people call on Alexander Lukashenko to step down as protests enter the 50th day

Dozens of people were arrested by Belarusian police as tens of thousands of people again gathered calling on leader Alexander Lukashenko to step down. Police admitted using tear gas and stun grenades to disperse what they called “disobedient” protesters in the eastern city of Gomel on Sunday. But local media footage circulating online showed officers […]

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Over 100,000 march against Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko over ‘election fraud’

Over 100,000 people marched through Minsk on Sunday on the sixth straight weekend of protests against President Alexander Lukashenko, keeping up the pressure on the veteran Belarusian leader to quit. Many walked in a vast column that stretched back several kilometres, decked out in red-and-white opposition colours and chanting “go away” as helmeted riot police […]

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Tens of thousands of people take part in anti-government protests in Belarus

Thousands of people took part in anti-government protests in Belarus capital Minsk, and other cities against President Alexander Lukashenko. Police arrested over 250 people ahead of the demonstration. The march on Sunday dubbed as ‘March of Heroes’ have been triggered by a widely disputed election a month ago and subsequent brutal police crackdown. Protesters want […]