Dozens arrested at latest Belarus election, police protests

Police in the capital of Belarus have detained dozens of demonstrators as medical workers and women held separate marches to denounce violence against anti-government protesters and to call on the country’s authoritarian president to step down

KYIV, Ukraine — Police in the capital of Belarus detained dozens of demonstrators Saturday as medical workers and women held separate marches to denounce violence against anti-government protesters and to call on the country’s authoritarian president to step down. .

About 50 doctors and medical workers marched through Minsk on Saturday holding photographs of people injured by police rubber bullets, stun grenades and water cannon during previous demonstrations. Hundreds of people also took part in a separate women’s protest march that has become a regular Saturday event.

Belarusian human rights organization Viasna said at least 47 people were detained by police at the actions.

Lukashenko, who has refused dialogue with the opposition, renewed his defiance on Saturday.

“Only the strong and those who can stand firm are respected in the world. We will stand,” he said.

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