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Protests in Belarus: Nobel-winning Belarusian writer questioned

Source : 112 Ukraine

The rallies and mass demonstrations in this country continue, as protesters demand new presidential elections
14:14, 26 August 2020

Svetlana Alekseievich
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Svetlana Alexievich, the famous Belarusian writer and the 2015 Nobel Prize winner is among those summoned for questioning by law enforcers, as the protests continue across the country.

According to Reuters, she "was expected to appear for questioning later on Wednesday in a criminal investigation into an opposition council, two of whose leaders were jailed this week".

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The rallies and mass demonstrations in Belarus continue, as protesters demand new presidential elections; they show their anger and disbelief in the official results of election that took place August 9, calling them rigged. According to these results, the incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko claimed some 80 percent of votes, while his main rival Sveltana Tsikhanouskaya collected only 10.

On August 9, the clashes of the protesters with the law enforcers started in Minsk. The law enforcers used stun grenades and water cannons against the protesters. Later, it was reported that a man died during the protests. A young man received a fatal head injury. On August 10, protests against the results of the presidential elections were resumed in the Republic of Belarus, a flash-noise grenade exploded in the center of Minsk; journalists talked about three volleys at the intersection of Kalvariyskaya Street and Masherov Avenue.

During three nights of protests in Belarus, over 6,000 people were detained; about 500 were hospitalized. Over 40 criminal proceedings were opened. According to Belarusian mass media, the location of some detainees is still unknown.

Related: Zelensky offers to mitigate entrance terms for Belarusians to Ukraine

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