Several protesters detained in Belarus as weekly march begins

This content was published on December 20, 2020 - 12:51

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Authorities in Belarus detained several protesters on Sunday after the start of a weekly march in Minsk, the Interfax news agency reported, citing a spokeswoman for the city's branch of the interior ministry.

The country of 9.5 million, which Russia sees as a security buffer against NATO, has been rocked by mass protests since an Aug. 9 presidential election that veteran President Alexander Lukashenko said he won. His opponents say the vote was rigged and have been demanding his resignation.

(Reporting by Polina Ivanova; Editing by Hugh Lawson)

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