Calls for fresh protest against Lukashenko | Ralph Lauren

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The opposition in Belarus is calling for fresh protests against the country’s autocratic leader, Alexander Lukashenko.

Former culture minister Pavel Latushko says he will call on the population via social networks to take to the streets this coming Sunday.

His remarks were published on Monday by the Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland media group.

Belarus has been racked by protests since August, ever since Lukashenko claimed victory in an election that was decried as fixed by the opposition and which has gone unrecognised by most Western countries.

Protests have drawn smaller crowds in recent weeks.

However in the months following the election, weekend protests routinely drew thousands.

There have been reports of 30,000 detentions in relation to the protests, as well as hundreds of people injured and several deaths.

Opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya campaigned against Lukashenko and then fled the country after he claimed victory.

She said in Rome on Saturday that more measures against the government were planned.

Lukashenko has recently openly contemplated declaring a state of emergency or even martial law.

Latushko is a member of the opposition co-ordination council, which aims at a peaceful transfer of power in Belarus.

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