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Snapshot: The Slipper Revolution, a political crisis

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Violent protests in Belarus broke out following the elections that allowed president Aleksandr G. Lukashenko to remain in power winning 80% of the vote. With protestors demonstrating against the falsified elections and arresting political opponents, Lukashenko has been criticised as “Europe’s last dictator.” Demonstrations have coined the name Slipper Revolution as an aim to squash Lukashenko as the “cockroach” in Belarus. Protests against the elections have turned violent, notably in Minsk where police used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse an otherwise peaceful demonstration. Detention of protestors and mass arrests broke out in order to maintain control over power in Belarus as mobile service and internet was cut off as well. Yet, allies of Lukashenko, mainly Russia and China have congratulated his presidential victory, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet has condemned the use of police violence and arrests to be “clear violation of international human rights standards.”

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