Belarus police detain hundreds in shutdown of election protest camp Angela Onikepe at 10:11 AM ET
[JURIST Europe] Early Friday morning local time, Belarus police swept down on hundreds of demonstrators camped out in Minsk's Oktyabrskaya Square in protest against the results of last Sunday's presidential elections [JURIST report] which returned Alexander Lukashenko [official website; BBC profile] to power in Belarus [JURIST news archive] with 82.6 percent of the vote, according to official results [Belarus Central Election Commission tally, in Belarusian]. After a scuffle with a few protestors who resisted, 200-300 were quickly loaded into vans, leaving the camp abandoned after about 20 minutes.
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