What’s happening in Belarus

Belarus Protests
People carry an old Belarusian national flag during an opposition rally in Minsk, Belarus, Monday, Aug. 17, 2020.

In addition to containing the word russia in the name of its state, Belarus is one of the easternmost countries, despite being part of Europe. Many people may not know this, but Belarus is the only European country that still has the death penalty.
In these days you have surely read news about the demonstrations that are taking place in Minsk (capital) and a bit throughout the Belarusian country.

Aleksandr Lukashenko was reconfirmed president of Belarus for the sixth term with 80.23% of the vote. Thus ends the most contested electoral round of the last ten years in Minsk, which reconfirms the father-master who has ruled it with an iron fist since 1994 as the leader of the country and unleashes the street revolt, with the opposition led by the defeated candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya who denounces cheating in the conduct of elections.

While Vladimir Putin’s Russia, which has always been an ally of Minsk, and Xi Jinping’s China congratulate the winner, the tension is very high throughout the country: during the night thousands of Belarusians took to the streets in the night to protest. Clashes with police, who fired rubber bullets, launched tear gas and used fire hydrants against demonstrators who contested the validity of the vote

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