Belarus police detain 250 protesters in Minsk as crowds swell

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Belarus police detained at least 250 protesters as tens of thousands demonstrated in the capital Minsk ahead of talks between strongman Alexander Lukashenko and Russia’s Vladimir Putin.

“Some 250 people were detained in various districts of the capital,” the interior ministry said in a statement, adding those arrested were carrying flags and “offensive” placards.

At least 100,000 Belarusian anti-government protesters flooded the centre of Minsk on Sunday, a Reuters news agency eyewitness said.

Lukashenko is facing a groundswell of public anger after declaring a landslide win at last month’s presidential election that his opponents say was rigged. Lukashenko denies these allegations.

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SOURCE: Al Jazeera and news agencies

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, Al Jazeera English reports

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