Belarus election: Women form ‘solidarity chains’ to condemn crackdown - BBC News

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Summary generated on August 13, 2020

    EPA Women have formed human chains in Belarus to condemn a crackdown on protests over the disputed election.

    Election officials said Mr Lukashenko won 80% of the vote on Sunday, but protests erupted amid widespread allegations of vote rigging.

    Hundreds of people have been injured in a police crackdown on protests, some seriously.

    The protests are unprecedented in their scale as people in dozens of cities, towns and even villages rise up and call for the main opposition figure, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, to be recognised as the winner of Sunday's presidential election.

    My women neighbours are trying to stop their sons and husbands from joining the nightly protests, worried for their safety.

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