Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Belarus election: Second night of clashes over disputed poll

Demonstrators say the election result was rigged.

Police in Belarus's capital Minsk have fired rubber bullets for a second night to quash protests following Sunday's disputed presidential elections.

Officials say one demonstrator died when an explosive device went off in his hands - the first confirmed fatality since the clashes began.

Autocratic President Alexander Lukashenko won 80% of the vote.

His main rival Svetlana Tikhanovskaya refused to accept the results, saying she was the real winner.

A lack of scrutiny - no observers were present - has led to allegations of widespread vote-rigging in the poll.  Read more >>