More than 200 people are arrested in protests in Belarus, says NGO

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Just over 200 people were arrested this Sunday (18) in the demonstrations registered in Belarus, reported the human rights organization Viasna.

The data released via the Viasna website, which has no official registration with the Belarusian authorities, reveals the detention of 230 people, mostly in Minsk, but also in other cities in Belarus, including at least four journalists.

Hours earlier, the capital’s Police Department informed Sputnik that arrests of protesters took place on Sunday (18), during clashes between law enforcement officials and protesters, but did not detail their number.

Minsk and other Belarusian cities have been the scene of anti-government protests since August 9, when presidential elections were held that, according to official count, decided for a new term for the incumbent president, Aleksandr Lukashenko, who has been in power since 1994.

Several countries, including the United States, members of the European Union, the United Kingdom and Ukraine, did not recognize the results of the Belarusian election. On the other hand, Russia, China, Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Turkey and some countries in the post-Soviet space, among others, validated the results of the vote.

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