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Could a Belarusian protest movement bring down Alexander Lukashenko? – podcast | News

On August 9, the presidential election, clashes broke out in Belarus as rebel police used rubber bullets, flash grenades, tear gas and a water cannon to quell protests. Alexander Lukashenko, who has ruled for 26 years, claimed he had won a landslide victory in an election damaged by allegations of vote-rigging. The Electoral Commission announced the next day that he had taken 80.23% of the vote, while his main opposition challenger, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, who has held some of the country̵

7;s largest political rallies since the days of the Soviet Union, had only 9.9%.

Hanna Lubakova, tells a Belarusian journalist Rachel Humphreys how it has been to cover the protests the last few days, while the Guardian’s Moscow correspondent, Andrew Roth, discusses how Lukashenko has remained in power for so long. Meanwhile, Tikhanovskaya has left for Lithuania. Vocal critics of the government say she was blackmailed, pointing to a trend that stretches back more than a decade to put pressure on opposition politicians and their families.

Protesters in Krakow, Poland, demonstrate in support of Belarusians challenging the re-election of Alexander Lukashenko as president.

Photo: Jan Graczynski / East News / REX / Shutterstock

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