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Belarus activists risk the wrath of Lukashenko over flag

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Belarus activists risk the wrath of Lukashenko over flag

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In a rare open protest against the government in Belarus, hundreds of activists have called for the nation’s flag to be changed back to the one adopted after the collapse of the soviet union.

The red and white flag had been used until it was arbitrarily replaced with a more soviet styled one by hardline President Alexander Lukashenko who has led the country since 1994.

Monday’s protest went ahead calmly without police intervention.

As part of efforts to improve ties with the West, the Belarusian government has eased restrictions on opposition activities.

Belarus earlier this month held parliamentary elections, in which two opposition candidates won parliamentary seats for the first time in two decades.

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