Belarus says police detained about 700 protesters overnight
By Kate Kelland and Megan RevellPosted on
People gather outside a detention centre following recent protests against the presidential election results in Minsk
MINSK (Reuters) – Belarusian police detained about 700 people on a fourth night of protests following President Alexander Lukasheko’s contested election victory, the former Soviet republic’s interior ministry said on Thursday.
Security forces have clashed daily with protesters since Lukashenko claimed a landslide re-election victory in a vote on Sunday that his opponents say was rigged.
(Reporting by Andrei Makhovsky in Minsk and Maria Kiselyova in Moscow; Writing by Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber; Editing by Gareth Jones)