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Dozens Arrested in Belarus anti-government protest

Tens of thousands of protesters have taken to the Belarusian funds in the next weekend of demonstrations, demanding President Alexander Lukashenko resigns.

Demonstrations started after the autocratic leader claimed victory in an election on August 9, which opponents say was rigged.

Authorities said 125 people were detained in Sunday’s rally, but Ales Bilyatsky of their Viasna human rights firm said over 200 were arrested.

Eventually reached the outskirts of the presidential palace, that has been blocked off by shield-bearing riot police.

There were no official statistics on the audience size, but a few resistance sources maintained it exceeded 100,000.

Demonstrators were spotted carrying the older Belarusian crimson and black flags.

Protests swelled following the autocratic president asserted to have won 80 percent of the vote and secured a sixth term in office amid allegations of vote-rigging and violence against the resistance.

On Saturday, a million women marched from the capital to demand new elections along with the prosecution of law enforcement officers that are accused of torture and violence. This comes a week later approximately 100,000 took to the roads demanding Lukashenko steps.

International observers are stepping in to attempt to mediate the problem, but the authorities so far have not appeared prepared to soften its position.

News organizations like the BBC and AP stated on Saturday a number of the overseas journalists who were covering the unrest in Belarus were deported along with many others who had their accreditations revoked.

Sources said on Sunday Germany will recall its ambassador to Belarus after the withdrawal of journalist accreditations.

Edi Rama, Albanian Prime Minister and also chairperson-in-office of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) said on Friday it had been”deeply saddened” that over 100 journalists were arrested, deported or topic to violence.

The EU is preparing sanctions against high-performance Belarusian officials accused of vote-rigging and violence.

Lukashenko has accused the West of trying to ditch him to weaken Moscow.

The chief has accused NATO of harshly placing forces along its borders with Poland and Lithuania and jeopardized both EU nations with counter-sanctions.

NATO says that the claims are baseless.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has stated he stands ready to send forces to Belarus in case the situation should spin”out of control”.

Putin and Lukashenko spoke by telephone on Sunday, but a Kremlin announcement gave few specifics of the dialogue, aside from noting that Putin congratulated the Belarusian leader on his 66th birthday.