Can Belarus’ Stalled Protests Regain Momentum?

People with old Belarusian national flags during an opposition rally to protest the official presidential election results in Minsk, Belarus, Oct. 18, 2020 (AP photo).
People with old Belarusian national flags during an opposition rally to protest the official presidential election results in Minsk, Belarus, Oct. 18, 2020 (AP photo).

Just over six months ago, Alexander Lukashenko, the authoritarian ruler of Belarus, was declared the winner of a presidential election. Like others before it, the outcome of the Aug. 9 vote was not in question—official results showed Lukashenko winning just over 80 percent of the ballots despite widespread reports of voter fraud and the violent suppression of opposition supporters. What happened next, though, was unprecedented. In the weeks and months after the rigged election, huge masses of people took to the streets of Minsk and other cities across Belarus to demand Lukashenko’s resignation, as well as the release of all […]

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