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Mikhail Gorbachev, the last leader of the Soviet Union, voiced his support for the Belarusian opposition as the country continues to see mass protests against long-serving strongman Alexander Lukashenko

A Belarusian taxi driver is being hailed as a hero for helping a man escape from the riot police.

Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, the Belarusian opposition leader who was forced to flee to Lithuania, went to Brussels Monday morning, before the foreign ministers’ meeting, to plead for sanctions and “bravery.” She went away with neither.

A man in the Belarusian capital of Minsk jumps into a taxi to escape security forces, after which the driver mounts the curb to make a getaway. For the latest news on Belarus, click here:

A Belarusian taxi driver is being hailed as a hero for helping a man escape from the riot police.

Canada joins the U.S. and EU in calling the Belarusian leader illegitimate

The U.S., Britain, and Canada could soon impose sanctions on Belarusian officials for their violent crackdown on protesters.

The United States will not recognize the reelection of Belarusian strongman Alexander Lukashenko as legitimate, a State Department spokesperson said. Via @jackbeyrer 

The EU said Thursday that the swearing in of Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko to a sixth term during a secretive ceremony lacks democratic legitimacy, defies the will of the Belarusian people and will only deepen the country’s political crisis.

Moment taxi driver helps Belarusian protester escape riot police

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Amazing video. A taxi driver saves a Belarusian protester being chased by club-wielding riot police.

The brutality of Lukashenko on clear display today. Belarusian riot police violently throw a woman into a police truck during today’s protest in Minsk.

A dangerous moment: Unidentified men in black have grabbed leading Belarusian opposition figure Maria Kolesnikova and pushed her into a minibus. Urgent international appeals are needed for her safety.

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European diplomats have gathered inside the home of Svetlana Alexievich, the Belarusian Nobel laureate, to protect her from Lukashenko’s security forces and prevent her from being detained. Alexievich is a member of Tikhanovskaya’s coordination council and supports the protests.

Devastating news from Minsk: the Belarusian foreign ministry has stripped dozens of locals journalists working for foreign media of their press accreditation, affecting the entire bureaus of Reuters, AP, AFP, Deutsche Welle. 1/2

Two Moscow-based AP journalists covering the protests in Belarus were deported to Russia on Saturday, part of a crackdown on the media. Many Belarusian journalists also had their media accreditation revoked, including the AP's Belarusian journalists.

LOOK: Lithuanians form a long human chain toward the Belarusian border in solidarity with those protesting election results

The Trump administration should invoke the Global Magnitsky Act and sanction those Belarusian officials responsible for stealing the election and arresting peaceful protestors. Things could get worse. Act now.

Belarusian opposition candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya hasn’t been seen or heard from for hours following a meeting at the Central Election Commission. Her own staff aren’t sure where she is and she’s not answering calls and texts even from foreign ministers of other countries.

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