Authorities in Belarus on Tuesday steadily cranked up the pressure on protesters, jailing several opposition activists, summoning others for questioning and selectively ordering dozens of demonstrators to appear in court.
Thousands of factory workers in Belarus took to the streets and crowds of demonstrators besieged the state television headquarters Monday, raising the pressure on authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko to step down after 26 years in office.
Belarusian authorities have released about 1,000 people detained amid demonstrations contesting the results of the presidential election, in an attempt to assuage public anger against a brutal crackdown on peaceful protests and avoid Western sanctions.
Intensifying a crackdown following a controversial election, Belarus' interior ministry said on Wednesday that police had fired live rounds at protesters in the city of Brest and arrested more than 1,000 people nationwide.
The main challenger in Belarus' presidential vote, who has refused to concede defeat amid a massive police crackdown on protesters, has left the country and is now in neighboring Lithuania. And, Russia has became the first country in the world to clear a coronavirus vaccine. Also, the Trump administration is reportedly considering additional ways to limit entry at the US-Mexico border.
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