Protests erupt in Belarus after exit polls show president re-elected

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Protests erupted in Belarus after exit polls showed longtime President Alexander Lukashenko on the verge of winning re-election, Reuters reported on Sunday. State-approved exit polls showed the president won 79.7% of the vote while his main opponent Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, a former English teacher, obtained 6.8%, according to the newswire. .

Police blocked the streets and at least 10 people were detained at one location in Minsk, Reuters reported.

Thousands of people took to the streets of the Belarusian capital as protesters cheered, shouted “victory” and honked their car in solidarity with the opposition, according to the newswire.

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

Lukashenko’s handling of the coronavirus led to mass protests ahead of the elections. He has resisted coronavirus lockdowns imposed in most countries. He has been president since 1994.

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



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