Belarus Deports Three Time Reporters ahead Election.
Belarus decide on August 9 whether President Alyaksandr Lukashenka to continue after 26 years in power moot question.
Opposition candidates, including Tsikhanouskaya, have mustered sizable rallies in cities and towns across the country.
Thousands gathered in a Minsk park on August 6 in support of Tsikhanouskaya, with demonstrators later marching through the city’s streets clapping and chanting “Long live Belarus!” and “Go away!”
The latter chant was an apparent reference to Lukashenka.
In such heated campaign in Belarus
Reporters, Iryna Romaliyskaya, Yury Baranyuk, Ivan Hrebenyuk been banned from entering Belarus for 10 years.
The journalists detained Aug 7 at a hotel in the capital, Minsk, taken to nearby police station.
Romaliyskaya and Hrebenyuk are citizens of Ukraine, while Baranyuk is a Russian citizen.
Current Time Russian-language TV network led by RFE/RL with cooperation from VOA, had applied for accreditation for the reporters weeks prior to traveling to the country. But the Belarusian Foreign Ministry had not responded to their applications.