Belarusians prepare to march despite police threat to open fire


Belarusians will press ahead with a planned protest today despite the police's threat to use live ammunition 'if necessary'. – EPA pic, October 18, 2020.

BELARUSIAN protesters are due to stage a new march today against strongman Alexander Lukashenko in defiance of authorities’ threat to open fire in an increasingly dangerous standoff between the opposition and the regime.

The ex-Soviet nation of 9.5 million has been gripped by historic protests after Lukashenko claimed victory in August 9 elections over Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, a 38-year-old popular opposition candidate.


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