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Police in Belarus detained over 250 people during protests

Published: Jul. 15, 2020 at 11:40 AM EDT
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MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Police in Belarus say officers detained more than 250 people, after mass protests against barring two candidates from the Aug. 9 presidential election erupted in the country. Thousands of people took to the streets of Minsk and other cities Tuesday, protesting against the exclusion of two main rivals of President Alexander Lukashenko from the ballot. Footage of the rally showed people marching down the city streets and clapping, a popular protest gesture in Belarus, Police officers clashing with some of the protesters while trying to detain them. Amnesty International on Wednesday condemned mass detentions as provoking violence and violating protesters’ rights.

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