Thousands Storm Government Buildings in Belarus

By Andrey Volkov

Thousands of supporters of the Belarussian opposition tried to storm government and Parliament buildings in Minsk on Sunday in protest of the results of the presidential elections.

According to the Belarussian Electoral Commission, incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko won the elections with almost 90 percent of the vote. However, it is believed the results were rigged.

Reports say that between 10,000 and 30,000 people came to the streets to protest the results. Demonstrators broke windows and doors as they stormed the buildings before riot police dispersed the crowd with noise grenades, according to media reports.

Opposition candidates, Nikolai Statkevich and Vladimir Neklyaev, who spoke to protesters at a rally in front of the government buildings, were also beaten by police, according to state-run RIA Novosti news agency.

There are reports that the cell phones of some journalists, political candidates, and human rights activists, as well as some social networks like Facebook and Twitter were blocked, according to BBC.


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