Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Belarus records second night of clashes over disputed elections

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Police in the Belarusian capital Minsk have fired rubber bullets for a second night to quash protests following Sunday’s disputed presidential elections.

Officials say one demonstrator died when an explosive device went off in his hands, the first confirmed fatality since the clashes began.

President Alexander Lukashenko won 80% of the vote but his main rival Svetlana Tikhanovskaya refused to accept the results, saying she was the real winner.

A lack of scrutiny by independent obseevers has led to allegations of widespread vote-rigging in the poll.