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Dec 23, 2010

Five detained Belarus candidates may face charges

MINSK (Reuters) – Authorities in Belarus may charge five former presidential candidates being held on suspicion of organizing protests over the disputed vote in the former Soviet republic last weekend, police told Reuters on Thursday.

The five candidates and 14 other opposition activists detained in a crackdown on protests over the vote on Sunday will not be released and may face charges of “organizing mass disorder,” Minsk police spokesman Alexander Lastovsky said.

Dec 21, 2010

Belarus jails more than 600 opposition activists

MINSK (Reuters) – Belarus jailed more than 600 opposition activists on Tuesday, ignoring Western criticism of a police crackdown on protesters following the contested re-election of President Alexander Lukashenko.

The activists were imprisoned for between five and 15 days, the Interior Ministry said.

Dec 20, 2010

Lukashenko backs Belarus crackdown after poll win

MINSK (Reuters) – At least seven election candidates and hundreds of opposition demonstrators were being held on Monday after police cracked down on a protest against the re-election of Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko.

Lukashenko, who immediately came under fire from international election monitors for flawed vote counting and police heavy-handedness, accused demonstrators of banditry.

Dec 20, 2010

Belarus’ Lukashenko re-elected, police crackdown

MINSK (Reuters) – Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko won a fourth term on Monday after a landslide election marred by a violent police crackdown on demonstrators and the arrest of opposition challengers.

On Sunday up to 10,000 people marched through the snow-bound capital Minsk chanting “Out!,” “Long Live Belarus!” and other anti-Lukashenko slogans in one of the most significant challenges yet to his iron-fisted, 16-year rule.

Dec 20, 2010

Crackdown in Belarus as Lukashenko heads for win

MINSK (Reuters) – Police in Belarus beat demonstrators with batons and rounded up opposition leaders in a violent crackdown after an election on Sunday that was certain to return President Alexander Lukashenko for a fourth term.

Up to 10,000 people marched through the snow-bound capital Minsk as voting ended and a pro-government pollster forecast a landslide victory for Lukashenko, who has ruled the former Soviet republic with a tight grip since 1994.

Dec 20, 2010

Crackdown in Belarus as Alexander Lukashenko heads for win

MINSK (Reuters) – Police in Belarus beat demonstrators with batons and rounded up opposition leaders in a violent crackdown after an election on Sunday that was certain to return President Alexander Lukashenko for a fourth term.

Up to 10,000 people marched through the snow-bound capital Minsk as voting ended and a pro-government pollster forecast a landslide victory for Lukashenko, who has ruled the former Soviet republic with a tight grip since 1994.

Dec 19, 2010

Protests as Belarus strongman heads to victory

MINSK (Reuters) – Up to 10,000 protesters marched through the snow-bound capital of Belarus and police beat an opposition leader as a pollster forecast a landslide election victory for strongman Alexander Lukashenko.

Opposition candidate Vladimir Neklyayev was taken to hospital with a head injury after police dispersed a column of his supporters heading to join a protest rally that began in central Minsk’s October Square, a Reuters eyewitness said.

Dec 19, 2010

Protests as Belarus strongman heads to victory

MINSK (Reuters) – Up to 10,000 protesters marched through the snow-bound capital of Belarus and police beat an opposition leader as a pollster forecast a landslide election victory for strongman Alexander Lukashenko.

Opposition candidate Vladimir Neklyayev was taken to hospital with a head injury after police dispersed a column of his supporters heading to join a protest rally that began in central Minsk’s October Square, a Reuters eyewitness said.

Dec 19, 2010

Lukashenko, set for re-election, scoffs at opponents

MINSK (Reuters) – An exit poll predicted Belarus strongman Alexander Lukashenko would win 74 percent of the vote in an election held on Sunday, and the long-term leader dismissed opponents’ threats to protest against the outcome.

The 56-year-old former state farm director has ruled the ex-Soviet republic with an iron fist since 1994 and, challenged only by an assortment of disorganized opponents, is poised for a fourth five-year term.

Dec 14, 2010

Lukashenko coasts to re-election, West, Russia squirm

MINSK/KIEV (Reuters) – Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko is assured of securing a fourth term in power next Sunday, defying the West which has tried to moderate his often harsh rule and Russian attempts to call him to heel.

On past performance, the 56-year-old former state farm director, who has run ex-Soviet Belarus as a command economy since 1994, could get as much as 80 percent of the vote. Like before, opposition groups are likely to allege electoral fraud.