Protests erupt in Belarus as Lukashenko claims election win

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The announcement came amid accusations that thousands were not allowed to vote, and that exit polls and official results from CEC have been rigged. I call on the Belarusian authorities to ensure that the votes in yesterday’s election are counted & published accurately. Thousands took to the streets across Belarus on Sunday evening, to protest a state-TV exit poll saying long-time leader Aleksander Lukashenko has won a landslide victory in the country’s August 9 presidential elections. Police reportedly used stun grenades, rubber bullets, tear gas and water cannon, while at least one demonstrator is reported to have been killed. — Ursula von der Leyen (@vonderleyen) August 10, 2020

EU Council President, Charles Michel, also tweeted that “violence against protesters is not the answer,” and called for the protection of fundamental human rights. In #FairElections we trust✌️ https://t.co/BfOfjR3oAO
— Jovita Neliupsiene (@Jovita_Pra) August 10, 2020 It’s a #European duty to call a fraud a fraud and to support those brave men & women today in 2020 fighting for the right to vote. The violent crackdown on protesters has been slammed by the European Commission chief, Ursula von der Leyen, who said that “harassment and violent repression of peaceful protesters has no place in Europe.”

Harassment & violent repression of peaceful protesters has no place in Europe. On Monday, Lithuania’s ambassador to the EU, called on Europe to declare Belarus presidential vote a fraud and to support those “fighting for the right to vote.”

#Belarus is #EU neighbourhood. Fundamental rights in #Belarus must be respected. The figures released by CEC have led to violent clashes in the capital, Minsk, with videos circulating on the web showing police forces cracking down on demonstrators. The country’s Central Election Commission (CEC) said on Monday incumbent president Lukashenko had won more than 80% of the vote, while his main rival, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, who had reportedly won at a majority of polling stations, had only gathered 9.9%.
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By Zoe Didili
Journalist, New Europe

epa08594405 A police truck, carrying demonstrators, makes its way through a crowd of opposition protesters after polling stations closed at the presidential elections in Minsk, Belarus, 09 August 2020. EPA-EFE/TATYANA ZENKOVICH

A police truck, carrying demonstrators, makes its way through a crowd of opposition protesters after polling stations closed at the presidential elections in Minsk, Belarus, 09 August 2020. Five candidates are contesting for the presidential seat, including the incumbent president Lukashenko. EPA-EFE/TATYANA ZENKOVICH