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WA­TER CAN­NONS BLAST MINSK MARCH.

- Incidents · Politics · Elections · Minsk · Moscow · Belarus · Alexander Lukashenko

MOSCOW Tens of thou­sands of peo­ple marched through the cen­tre of the Be­laru­sian cap­i­tal Minsk on Sun­day to de­mand that au­thor­i­ties free po­lit­i­cal prison­ers, prompt­ing po­lice to turn wa­ter can­non on them.

The march is the lat­est in a se­ries of ral­lies in Be­larus since an Aug. 9 elec­tion in which Pres­i­dent Alexan­der Lukashenko claimed a land­slide vic­tory. His op­po­nents say it was rigged to hand him a sixth term in power.

More than 100,000 peo­ple ral­lied in Minsk, the op­po­si­tion news chan­nel Nexta said. Of­fi­cial es­ti­mates are usu­ally lower.

Be­laru­sian po­lice on Sun­day used wa­ter can­non mounted on ar­moured po­lice ve­hi­cles to dis­perse protesters and de­tained scores of protesters, In­ter­fax news agency re­ported and videos on so­cial me­dia showed.

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