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For the second day now, protests have been going on in Belarus; this night the intensity of the clashes intensified. Security officials use flash-bang grenades, tear gas and rubber bullets, the opposition throws them “Molotov cocktails” and builds barricades

Photo: Vasily Fedosenko / Reuters

The main thing by 14:00 on August 11

  • The single opposition candidate, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, left the country and arrived in Lithuania.
  • The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Belarus for the first time officially acknowledged the death of one of the protesters in Minsk.
  • The whereabouts of ex-RBC correspondent, Meduza journalist Maxim Solopov is still unknown.

Election results

  • The CEC of Belarus announced the preliminary results of the elections. The current president Alexander Lukashenko – 80.08%, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya – 10.09%.
  • Svetlana Tikhanovskaya’s headquarters did not recognize results announced by the CEC. They said data from polling stations across the country showed an opposition candidate’s victory. Headquarters demanded peaceful transfer of power. Tihanovskaya filed a complaint to the CEC.
  • On August 11, it became known that Tikhanovskaya left Belarus and left for Lithuania. It wrote down a video message in which she explained her departure: “God forbid you to face the choice that I faced. So people, take care of yourself, please. No life is worth what is happening now. “
  • Preliminary results of other candidates: Anna Kanopatskaya – 1.68%, Sergey Cherechen – 1.13%, Andrey Dmitriev – 1.04%. 6.02% voted against all.
  • The voting was attended by 5.79 million people, or 84.23% of voters. This is the lowest result in the last ten years: in 2015 the turnout was 87.2%, in 2010 – 90.65%.
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Post-election protests

On August 9, after the closing of polling stations, protesters began to take to the streets of Belarusian cities. They flocked to the center in Brest, Baranovichi, Vitebsk and other cities. The rallies continued in the evening of the next day.


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