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Belarus: Scenes Of The Crackdown

Police in Belarus beat demonstrators with batons and rounded up opposition leaders in a violent crackdown after an election on December 19 that returned incumbent President Alyaksandr Lukashenka for a fourth term with 80 percent of the vote.

Thousands of opponents of Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka rallied in the center of Minsk to protest the election, which they say was rigged.
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Thousands of opponents of Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka rallied in the center of Minsk to protest the election, which they say was rigged.

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A man from among the group of protesters smashes a glass door of the parliament building during a rally denouncing the results of the presidential election.
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A man from among the group of protesters smashes a glass door of the parliament building during a rally denouncing the results of the presidential election.

An opposition supporter appeals to riot police for sympathy.
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An opposition supporter appeals to riot police for sympathy.

Police in Belarus beat demonstrators with batons and rounded up opposition leaders.
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Police in Belarus beat demonstrators with batons and rounded up opposition leaders.

Riot police chase an opposition protester.
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Riot police chase an opposition protester.

Presidential candidate Uladzimir Nyaklyaeu lies on a street after he was beaten during the rally in Minsk.
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Presidential candidate Uladzimir Nyaklyaeu lies on a street after he was beaten during the rally in Minsk.

Supporters carry the injured Neklyayev to his campaign headquarters.
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Supporters carry the injured Neklyayev to his campaign headquarters.

Opposition candidate Andrey Sannikau lies on a street after being beaten during a clash between protesters and police.
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Opposition candidate Andrey Sannikau lies on a street after being beaten during a clash between protesters and police.

A supporter of presidential candidate Uladzimir Neklyayev is seen at his campaign headquarters after he was beaten.
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A supporter of presidential candidate Uladzimir Neklyayev is seen at his campaign headquarters after he was beaten.

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Members of the Election Commission count ballots late on December 19 in Minsk. The incumbent, Alyaksandr Lukashenka, won in the first round with almost 80 percent of the vote.
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Members of the Election Commission count ballots late on December 19 in Minsk. The incumbent, Alyaksandr Lukashenka, won in the first round with almost 80 percent of the vote.

An opposition supporter flashes a victory sign from a police bus near a detention center in Minsk.
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An opposition supporter flashes a victory sign from a police bus near a detention center in Minsk.

A woman cries outside a prison in Minsk where hundreds of antigovernment protesters are being held.
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A woman cries outside a prison in Minsk where hundreds of antigovernment protesters are being held.

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