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Belarus Security Forces Violently Disperse Protests After Presidential Election

August 10, 2020

Episode Notes:

Police and security forces cracked down on protestors in Belarus after the government’s election commission said that President Alyaksandr Lukashenka, an authoritarian leader who has ruled the country since 1994, won 80 percent of the vote in Sunday’s presidential election. Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya, who replaced her husband as the primary opposition candidate after he was thrown in jail, refused to accept the early election results, saying that they were rigged. The violent scenes from Minsk and around the country underscored concerns that Lukashenka might escalate further to maintain his grip on power. The opposition has criticized Lukashenka for his dismal human rights record and handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Artyom Shraibman — a Belarusian political analyst and founder of Sense Analytics, a consultancy agency that provides political analysis on Belarus — joins the Warcast from Minsk.

Follow Artyom on Twitter: @A_Shraibman

[ 01:18 ] What’s the state of the election results?

[ 01:58 ] What are motivating protestors to oppose the government in the face of violent crackdowns?

[ 06:05 ] What does this election, and the domestic reaction to it, mean for the future of Belarus?

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