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More than 300 people detained by police in Belarusian protests

Ukraine, Kiev (AP)-Belarus human rights group Viasna said more than 300 people were arrested and many were beaten by police during protests calling for the resignation of the country’s authoritarian president.

The demonstration that captivated thousands was Sunday for the 16th consecutive day of massive protests against President Alexander Lukashenko.

There have been almost daily protests since early August, but Sunday’s protest was the largest.

According to official results, Lukashenko was given a sixth term, but opposition parties and some pollsters were manipulated, and protests have hit Belarus since the presidential election on August 9.

More than 19,000 people were detained and thousands were beaten in a wave of protests, according to human rights advocates.

Protesters on Sunday initially gathered in various parts of the capital Minsk to dilute detention and police dissolution, but met police when they tried to gather in the center. Police turned them back using stun grenades and began extensive detention.

Protests also took place in other cities on Sunday. Viasna said at least 304 people had been arrested nationwide.

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More than 300 people detained by police in Belarusian protests

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