Protests held throughout Belarus as Lukashenko says no to new election
Anti-government protests were held in towns all over Belarus on Sunday.
Hundreds of people took to the streets, calling on President Alexander Lukashenko to step down and for an end to police violence.
Belarus has been rocked by a week of street protests after many questioned whether the election was fair.
Lukashenko also spoke to several thousand supporters at a rally in Minsk on Sunday, rejecting calls to hold a new presidential election and accusing NATO of massing troops on his country’s western border.
“NATO troops are at our gates. Lithuania, Latvia, Poland and our native Ukraine are ordering us to hold new elections,” he said, adding that Belarus would “die as a state” if new polls were held.
NATO said it was closely monitoring the situation in Belarus, but that there was no military build-up at the country’s western border.
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