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Retirees protest Belarus leader on 100th day since vote

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More than 2,000 retirees marched in the streets of Minsk, the capital of Belarus, marking 100 days since mass protests began in the country and became an almost-daily feature of life after authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko won reelection in a widely disputed vote

Crowds of retirees marched Monday in the Belarusian capital of Minsk, marking 100 days since mass protests began and became an almost-daily feature of life in the country after authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko won his sixth term in a widely disputed election.

More than 2,000 pensioners were estimated to have taken part in the rally, demanding the resignation of Lukashenko and a halt to the government’s violent crackdown on dissent. They carried flowers and red and white flags that have become a symbol of protest.

“Lukashenko, you and my children will remember this disgrace,” said one of the banners the retirees carried.

Such protests have roiled Belarus ever since the Aug. 9 election handed Lukashenko a crushing victory over his widely popular opponent Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya She and her supporters refused to recognize the result, saying the vote was riddled with fraud.

Both sides seem to be locked into a continuing cycle of protest and crackdowns, with the opposition turning out thousands in regular marches while the government uses arrests and…

Via AP news wire

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