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Weekly Summaries

10th of August – 16th of August

What is happening in Belarus

On Monday, the 10th of August, protestors barricaded streets in the capital Minsk while riot police officers used tear gas, baton charges, and stun grenades to suppress them. The day before, President Aleksandr Lukashenko had been re-elected with an over 80% majority in an election that has often been called fraud. Then, on Tuesday Svetlana Tikhanovskaya who had been the main opponent of Aleksandr Lukashenko in the elections announced that she had left Belarus for Lithuania over fears for her and her children’s safety. Since then, many protestors and journalists have been detained and there are accounts of violent beatings.