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"We're mostly concerned that if those criminals understand that no one can find them behind [their] mask, they'll ramp up the violence against protesters tenfold," an activist told Newsweek.Thousands of Belarusians have taken to the streets since August to protest against the regime of Alexander Lukashenko—who has been dubbed "Europe's last dictator." On August 9, Belarus held an election, with the official results showing Lukashenko, who has been in power for 26 years, winning about 80 percent of the vote. Opposition supporters quickly cried foul, and European and American officials have said the election was neither free nor fair.
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Belarus president Alexander Lukashenko, who is facing an opposition threat of a national strike, spoke by phone with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday, state media reported.
No details of the call were immediately available, the Belta news agency said.
Lukashenko, who is holding on to power despite major protests in recent weeks calling for him to resign, is facing the prospect of a national strike that could begin on Monday following an ultimatum set by opposition leaders.
Lukashenko has shown no sign he will heed the ultimatum and step down. Protests against his 26-year rule began following an Aug. 9 election victory his opponents say was rigged.
Russian spymaster says Belarus protests fueled from abroad
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's foreign intelligence chief said Thursday during a visit to Belarus that the 2 1/2 months of protests since the country's presidential election have been fomented from abroad. Belarus has been rocked by massive demonstrations against authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko's reelection to a sixth term in an Aug. 9 vote that the opposition argues was rigged. Lukashenko, who has ruled the ex-Soviet nation with an iron fist for more than 26 years, has accused the United States and its allies of fueling the protests. © Provided by Associated Press FILE - In this file photo taken on Friday, Feb.
Washington has imposed sanctions on Belarus officials following violent crackdowns at demonstrations in Minsk and across the country.
Protesters shouting slogans and waving red-and-white opposition flags marched through the streets of Minsk on Saturday, footage taken by local media showed.
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Opinions | Belarus’s movement will hopefully prevail. A U.S. president more sympathetic to democracy could help. .
Demonstrators in Belarus refuse to give up. Mr. Lukashenko, in power for a quarter-century, responded to the protests with a mixture of violence and blandishments, arresting thousands of people and beating them in prison cells, then holding a publicized meeting with some opposition leaders he had locked up. The protest movement has not yet forced Mr. Lukashenko from the president’s chair, where he remains with the backing of President Vladimir Putin of Russia, while the real victor in the Aug. 9 vote, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, is still outside Belarus.