Lukashenko Cracks Down on Media in Belarus

The situation in the capital of Belarus remains tense as many thousands of protesters participated in an opposition rally on Sunday, demanding that President Alexander Lukashenko stand down following what are widely regarded as fixed presidential election results.

Russian news agency RIA reported that police detained 125 protesters during Sunday's rally in 'Independence Square' in the centre of the capital, Minsk.

The protests are the largest and most sustained challenge to Lukashenko's time in office.

In a worrying move on Saturday, Belarus also cracked down on non-state media coverage of the protests, stripping 17 journalists of their accreditation. Amongst those stripped of accreditation were two journalists from Reuters news agency, four from Radio Liberty and two from the BBC.

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