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Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko attends a meeting in Minsk, Belarus, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. (Nikolai Petrov/BelTA Pool Photo via AP)

Belarus shuts its borders, Lukashenko reshuffles officials

Oct. 29, 2020 2:24 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Belarus' authorities on Thursday shut the borders with several neighbors for most travelers amid the government's efforts to end 2 1/2 months of protests demanding the resignation of the country's authoritarian leader. Belarus' Border Control Committee said the closure of borders with...

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko attends a meeting in Minsk, Belarus, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. (Nikolai Petrov/BelTA Pool Photo via AP)

Belarus minister says police could use guns during protests

Oct. 28, 2020 5:12 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The interior minister of Belarus warned that authorities wouldn't hesitate to approve the use of live ammunition on protesters if it's necessary to quash more than 2 1/2 months of demonstrations against the reelection of the country's authoritarian president. In a YouTube interview...

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko attends a meeting in Minsk, Belarus, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. (Nikolai Petrov/BelTA Pool Photo via AP)

Belarus leader seeks to punish striking workers, students

Oct. 27, 2020 1:50 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko urged authorities Tuesday to take action against plant workers and students who participate in a strike called by the opposition as the authoritarian leader made another attempt to halt protests of his reelection. University students left classes...

Lithuania upset over soon-to-open Belarus nuke plant

Oct. 27, 2020 8:35 AM EDT

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — The Baltic nation of Lithuania sent a protest note Tuesday to Belarus over a planned nuclear power plant close to their border that is scheduled to start operating in early November. The Astravyets nuclear power plant, 40 kilometers (25 miles) south of Vilnius, Lithuania’s...

People, most of them pensioners, hold old Belarusian national flags march during an opposition rally to protest the official presidential election results in Minsk, Belarus, Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. Factory workers, students and business owners in Belarus have started a general strike, calling for authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko to resign after more than two months of mass protests triggered by a disputed election. (AP Photo)

UN investigator says Belarus must stop repressing its people

Oct. 26, 2020 8:56 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. human rights investigator for Belarus demanded Monday that the government “stop repressing its own people,” saying at least 20,000 were detained in August and September and hundreds reported beaten, intimidated, tortured or ill-treated in custody. Anais Marin...

People, most of them pensioners, wave bunches of flowers during an opposition rally to protest the official presidential election results in Minsk, Belarus, Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. Factory workers, students and business owners in Belarus have started a general strike, calling for authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko to resign after more than two months of mass protests triggered by a disputed election. (AP Photo)

Strikers in Belarus press for authoritarian leader's ouster

Oct. 26, 2020 3:45 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Factory workers, students and business owners in Belarus on Monday began a strike to demand that authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko resign after more than two months of continuing mass protests following a disputed election. Most state-run enterprises continued to operate...

People with old Belarusian national flags march during an opposition rally to protest the official presidential election results in Minsk, Belarus, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. The demonstrations were triggered by official results giving President Alexander Lukashenko 80% of the vote in the Aug. 9 election that the opposition insists was rigged. Lukashenko, who has ruled Belarus with an iron fist since 1994, has accused the United States and its allies of fomenting unrest in the ex-Soviet country. (AP Photo)

Thousands protest as Belarus leader faces demands deadline

Oct. 25, 2020 3:20 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Tens of thousands of protesters in Belarus swarmed the streets of the capital Sunday, pressing for the resignation of the country's authoritarian president, and an opposition leader said a nationwide strike would start Monday. Over 200,000 people took part in the largest demonstration...

Belarusian women with umbrellas in the colors of the old Belarusian national flag take part in an opposition rally to protest the official presidential election results in Minsk, Belarus, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. Several hundred women have marched under heavy rain across the Belarusian capital to demand the resignation of the country’s authoritarian president. (AP Photo)

Belarus: Protesters keep up push for president's resignation

Oct. 24, 2020 1:36 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Several hundred women marched across the capital of Belarus in heavy rain Saturday to demand the resignation of the country's authoritarian president, continuing more than 2 1/2 months of protests against his challenged reelection to a sixth term. The demonstrations were triggered by...

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, right, talks with Sergei Naryshkin, head of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service, during their meeting in Minsk, Belarus, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020.  Lukashenko thanked Naryshkin for sharing intelligence information with Belarus. (Nikolai Petrov/BelTA Pool Photo via AP)

Russian spymaster says Belarus protests fueled from abroad

Oct. 22, 2020 10:35 AM EDT

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...

FILE - In this Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020 file photo, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, candidate for the presidential elections smiles as she speaks to people during a meeting in her support in Brest, 326 km (203,7 miles) southwest of Minsk, Belarus. The European Union has awarded its top human rights prize to the Belarus opposition movement and its leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya for their challenge to President Alexander Lukashenko's long hard-line reign. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits, File)

EU awards human rights prize to Belarus opposition

Oct. 22, 2020 7:10 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Thursday awarded its top human rights prize to the Belarus opposition movement and its leader, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, for their challenge to President Alexander Lukashenko’s long, hard-line reign. During a speech at the European Parliament, president David...