By Amechi Idumuebor (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – Police detained over 1,000 people in Belarus during the latest protests against the results of the country’s presidential election, officials said Wednesday. Rallies took place in 25 Belarusian cities on Tuesday and overnight, Interior Ministry spokeswoman Olga Chemodanova told reporters .
Thousands have demonstrated in the capital of Minsk and several other cities for three nights to contest the election results.
The Central Election Commission reported that President Alexander Lukashenko won a sixth term in Sunday’s election with 80% of the vote. Top opposition candidate Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, who had attracted massive crowds at campaign events where voters expressed frustration with the authoritarian Lukashenko’s 26-year rule, got just 10%.
Police deployed to break up the post-election protests used batons, stun grenades, tear gas and rubber bullets. One protester died Monday amid the crackdown in Minsk, and scores were injured. Belarusian human rights group Viasna said many people were afraid to seek medical help, fearing prosecution for participating in the protests.