: :inin Kyiv (EET)

Belarus ramps up crackdown on protests, detains over 700


KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Over 700 people were detained in Belarus during mass protests against the re-election of the country’s authoritarian leader in a disputed election — the harshest crackdown in weeks on protesters.

The Belarusian Interior Ministry reported Monday that 713 people were detained during rallies across the country a day before, and 570 of them remained in custody awaiting a court hearing.

In a separate statement, the ministry threatened to use firearms against the protesters “if need be,” saying that the rallies “have become organized and extremely radical.”

The protests demanding the resignation of President Alexander Lukashenko spanned several …read more

Source:: KXAN

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