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Tear gas and arrests in Belarus protest crackdown

Published : 27 Sep 2020, 23:20

  DF News Desk

A screenshot of opposition party´s rally in Belarus on August 23 taken from MTV news. DF File Photo.

Belarus police carried out mass arrests as tens of thousands of people again gathered for protests calling on leader Alexander Lukashenko to step down, reported British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).

More than 50 people were detained on Sunday, said BBC, quoting rights groups.

Video footage appeared to show police spraying an irritant directly into the faces of protesters in one city.

It was the 50th day of protests following August's disputed presidential vote. Earlier this week Lukashenko held a secret inauguration, said the report.

The electoral commission says Lukashenko won a sixth term with more than 80% of votes. But the opposition says he cheated and that they won the election with at least 60% of the vote, the BBC added.

Click BBC to read the detail original report.