Belarus opposition party says 100 activists arrested in election protests

[JURIST] Approximately 100 opposition activists in Belarus [JURIST news archive] have been detained for protesting the country's presidential elections over the weekend, which locked in a third term for Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko [official website; BBC profile], a lawyer for the Belarus People's Front party [Wikipedia backgrounder] said Tuesday. The party's lawyer said the activists are being held at a prison outside Minsk. No official arrests have been yet reported in Minsk's Oktyabrskaya Square where protestors who claim the election was fraudulent have been demonstrating [JURIST report] since Sunday night. Leading opposition candidate Alexander Milinkevich [official website] called for the protests, but the number of demonstrators has continued to diminish from the thousands on Sunday night to mere hundreds on Tuesday. Nonetheless, Milinkevich on Tuesday called for a weekend protest [Reuters report] to push for a new election.

On Monday, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) [official website] said that the election was "severely flawed" [JURIST report] and led to the harassment and detention of political activists [JURIST report], despite the presence of 500 international observers. AP has more. From Russia, MosNews has local coverage.



 

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