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Belarusian Law Enforcement Fire Tear Gas to Disperse Protesters in Gomel City, Police Say

© REUTERS / BELAPANStudents scuffle with law enforcement officers during a protest against presidential election results in Minsk, Belarus September 1, 2020
Students scuffle with law enforcement officers during a protest against presidential election results in Minsk, Belarus September 1, 2020 - Sputnik International
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MINSK (Sputnik) - Law enforcement officers in the southeastern Belarusian city of Gomel used tear gas against protesters on Sunday, the local police department said.

"There was no use of weapons against the protesters [in Gomel]. [Officers] used technical tools that produce a loud clap and a flash of light. They also had to use tear gas because some people behaved abnormally," a Gomel police spokesperson said.

Yet another wave of anti-government rallies have been held across Belarus on Sunday, with the largest one in the capital of Minsk.

Mass protests have persisted in Belarus following the disputed 9 August presidential election, in which longtime President Alexander Lukashenko claimed a sixth term. This past Wednesday, Lukashenko held a clandestine inauguration ceremony, which then reignited the protests.

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