August 4, 2020

Belarus leader claims opposition ‘massacre’ plot before vote

Minsk (AFP) – Belarus leader Alexander Lukashenko on Tuesday vowed to protect his country from the opposition and Russia which he said were coordinating violent protests ahead of presidential elections this week.The 65-year-old has ruled over the ex-Soviet country wedged between Russia and Europe with an authoritarian grip for 26 years and has cracked down on the country’s emboldened opposition in the lead-up to Sunday’s election.During a televised address to the nation, Lukashenko slammed what he said were attempts by his opponents to organise “a massacre” on the streets of the capital Minsk,…


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