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World Belarus opposition leader demands ends to violence, free and fair elections

12:45  18 september  2020
12:45  18 september  2020 Source:   reuters.com

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GENEVA (Reuters) - Belarus opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, in a speech at the U.N. Human Rights Council on Friday, demanded the country's authorities end violence against protesters and set up a free and fair presidential election.

a man and a woman posing in a dark room: Belarus opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya celebrates her birthday with members of the Belarusian community © Reuters/JANIS LAIZANS Belarus opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya celebrates her birthday with members of the Belarusian community

Tsikhanouskaya fled her homeland for Lithuania amid a police crackdown in Belarus following the Aug. 9 presidential election, which official results said incumbent Alexander Lukashenko won by a landslide.

Speaking at the same event, Yury Ambrazevih, Belarus ambassador to the U.N. in Geneva, said it was not acceptable to use the body to interfere in a country's election.

(Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay and Emma Farge, writing by Vladimir Soldatkin; Editing by Toby Chopra)

Belarusian police detain at least 10 people at opposition rally: Ifx .
Belarusian police detain at least 10 people at opposition rally: IfxThe opposition is contesting official results of Belarus's Aug. 9 presidential election which declared incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko the outright winner.

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