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Belarus protests: How we got here


Belarus isn’t often in the news — except for elections.
That’s when President Alexander Lukashenko and his supine parliament score unbelievable margins of victory. This usually sparks protests at home and finger-wagging from abroad. The rule since 1994 is that nothing much changes and, after a brief bout of turbulence, things again go quiet.
It’s unclear if the same scenario will repeat itself after Sunday’s presidential election — in which a preliminary vote count indicated that Lukashenko won 80 percent versus 10 percent for his opposition rival, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya. The protests now sweeping the country are the most serious the mustachioed strongman …read more

Source:: European Voice

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