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Film About Belarus's Disputed 2010 Vote Begins Shooting In Minsk

Filming in the Belarusian capital on January 30 of a state-backed film, called "Avel," about the disputed presidential election of 2010.
Filming in the Belarusian capital on January 30 of a state-backed film, called "Avel," about the disputed presidential election of 2010.

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Live From The Streets Of Minsk

Last weekend, I covered the disputed election in Belarus and the protest which followed. Here are two interviews I did live on the scene from Minsk's Independence Square as riot police descended upon the crowd. I had to cut off the first interview when a column of riot police started running towards the area in which I was standing; I rejoined the broadcast a few moments later.
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MINSK -- In Belarus, the production of a feature film about the disputed 2010 presidential election that returned authoritarian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka to power has begun in Minsk.

The film, titled "Abel" in a biblical reference, is financed by the Ministry of Culture.

Cameras rolled late on January 30 as the production attempted to reenact antigovernment protests on Independence Square.

According to reports, the production will aim to tell the story of two brothers who were on opposite sides of the conflict that followed Lukashenka’s reelection to a fourth term.

During the December, 2010 unrest, several candidates running against Lukashenka and hundreds of opposition activists were imprisoned following massive street protests claiming fraud.

The United States and the European Union imposed fresh sanctions against Lukashenka’s regime after the crackdown.

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