Wtf is happening in Belarus?
At least two people have died, 200 have been injured, and more than 6,000 people have been arrested.
Since Sunday, violent protests
have erupted around the country following its presidential election. Officials said longtime incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko
– who’s ruled for 26 years and has been called “Europe’s last dictator” – won reelection with 80% of the vote.
Many believe the election was rigged. And have taken to the streets to show their anger.
Protesters have been met with tear gas, batons, stun grenades, rubber bullets, and even live rounds of ammo from police. At least two people have died, 200 have been injured, and more than 6,000 people have been arrested. And the main opposition candidate – Svetlana Tikhanovskaya – has fled the country after an apparent threat to her family. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged Belarusian authorities to protect the protesters. And a top EU official said it’s considering sanctions against those responsible for the crackdown.
Source: The NY Times, TheSkimm.