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Belarus Releases Political Prisoners as Protests Grow Against Authoritarian President

HeadlineAug 14, 2020

Belarus’s interior ministry has released hundreds of anti-government protesters as evidence continues to mount of beatings and torture in police custody. Mass protests erupted this week after longtime authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko claimed victory in Sunday’s election, while his main challenger fled to neighboring Lithuania after refusing to concede. European Union ministers are meeting today to discuss possible sanctions against Belarus for human rights violations against the protesters. Meanwhile, workers at major factories across Belarus have gone on strike, anchors at state-run TV stations have resigned, and dozens of former police and soldiers have shared videos on social media in which they throw away or burn their uniforms and insignia. 

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