Belarus: Minsk Opposition Supporters Protest Authoritarian Regime

Belarus citizens stormed the main government building this weekend in protest of what the opposition claims to be massive vote-rigging in the country's presidential election.

According to The Associated Press, thousands of opposition supporters broke windows and glass doors, but withdrew after discovering there were no police inside the building.

In the most extensive opposition rally since 1996, 40,000 activists are rallying in central Minsk Sunday in protest of the supposed vote-rigging.

The election is expected to continue the 16-year rule of authoritarian leader Alexander Lukashenko. There are nine candidates opposing Lukashenko, including Andrei Sannikov, who declared he was voting for a "free Belarus," UPI said.

The international community generally believes that Belarus has not held a free election its 1991 break from the Soviet Union. The country is widely considered to be Europe's last dictatorship.


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