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Protests Continue in Belarus as Strike Leader Detained


What Happened:

  • Belarus' authorities detained a strike leader on Monday as the government tries to get a handle after weeks of protests.

  • Protests in Belarus have been ongoing since the presidential election on Aug. 9 in which longtime President Alexander Lukashenko was declared the overwhelming winner over Svetlana Tikhanovskaya.

  • Exit polls indicated that Lukashenko won 80% of the vote, but opposition groups claim the election was marred with fraud.

  • Anatoly Bokun, who leads the strike at a large factory in Soligorsk was detained by police and faces a 15 day jail sentence on charges of organizing an unsanctioned protest.

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