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Blood And Tear Gas In Belarus: Security Officials Violently Disperse Protests After Presidential Vote

Belarusian security forces violently dispersed protests in Minsk and other cities after an early exit poll in the country’s presidential election gave incumbent President Alyaksandr Lukashenka a commanding lead.

The main opposition candidate, Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya, called on both the security forces and Belarusian citizens to refrain from violence. "I ask everyone who is now making decisions, and above all the commanders of special forces: do not use force against civilians," she said.

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