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More Than 100 Detained In Minsk Women's March Against Lukashenka

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Apr 18, 2013
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Security forces in Minsk detained more than 100 protesters on September 26 during a women’s march against Alyaksandr Lukashenka, who claimed victory in the country's presidential election more than a month ago amid reports of widespread fraud. Riot police in balaclavas rounded up demonstrators and packed them into minibuses and police vans, according to RFE/RL's Belarus Service. A number of journalists were among them. The detentions began soon after the women, many dressed in white and carrying red and white flowers and waving red-and-white opposition flags, gathered to march through the capital. The march, which Minsk residents called the "people's inauguration" of Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya, lasted about 2 and 1/2 hours. The march took place three days after Lukashenka held a secretive inauguration in Minsk amid a police lockdown in the city and Internet blackout.

Lukashenka is politically dead. The only help comes from Putin, who demands a king's ransom in return.
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