Belarus: Protests after opposition leaders barred from August election
The country is due to hold nationwide elections later this summer, but without two significant candidates. Viktor Babariko was jailed last month for corruption while Valery Tsepkalo has been ruled out on a technicality.
Protests broke out in Belarus on Tuesday, resulting in numerous arrests, with locals venting their anger over the decision to bar two main rivals from running against authoritarian leader Alexander Lukashenko in August’s presidential election.
Hundreds of Belarusians took to the streets of Minsk, frustrated at the exclusion of Valery Tsepkalo and Viktor Babariko from the ballot paper, and removing any serious threat to Lukashenko’s quest for a sixth term after a quarter-century in power.