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Protests erupt in Belarus after polls show the president won re-election



Protests broke out in Belarus after polls showed that long-time President Alexander Lukashenko would win re-election, Reuters reported on Sunday.

State-approved polls showed the president received 79.7 percent of the vote, while his main opponent, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, a former English teacher, received 6.8 percent, according to Newswire.

The police had blocked roads and at least 10 people were arrested at one location in Minsk, Reuters reported.

Thousands of people took to the streets in the Belarusian capital as protesters clapped, shouted “Victory” and honked their car horns in solidarity with the opposition, according to the Newswire.

Local media also reported arrests and clashes between police and protesters in the capital and other cities across Belarus, according to Reuters.

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7;s handling of the coronavirus led to mass protests ahead of the elections. He has opposed coronavirus-related bans imposed in most countries. He has been president since 1994.

Lukashenko said last month he had recovered from COVID-19.




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