The defeated candidate claims the presidential election result was rigged after the government claimed President Lukashenko had won some 80% percent of the vote. The results triggered anti-government protests and a fierce police crackdown.
After weeks of protest surrounding the disputed August election, the inauguration was unexpectedly brought forward. But civilians in the capital reacted angrily to the development, taking to the streets once more.
Authorities are warning parents in Belarus that they could lose custody of their children if they take them to anti-regime protests. But not everyone is deterred by this warning.
Officials who "rigged" Belarus' election and launched a crackdown on anti-government protesters are to be sanctioned by the British government. The US and Canada are working together with London on the measures.
It's the sixth Sunday in a row that anti-government demonstrators have taken to the streets. Participants said they were not intimidated by the presence of police and soldiers in combat uniforms, who were out in force.
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