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In pictures: Across Europe, thousands are rallying in support of the Belarus protests

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People from Belarus protest in Berlin, Germany, against the official results of Belarusian presidential vote. August 12, 2020
People from Belarus protest in Berlin, Germany, against the official results of Belarusian presidential vote. August 12, 2020   -   Copyright  Markus Schreiber/AP Photo
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Belarusian activists across Europe took to the streets in solidarity with protesters in Minsk four days since the country's presidential election result.

Thousands have rallied in Minsk and dozens of other cities after Alexander Lukashenko won re-election with an unlikely 80.23% of the vote, extending his 26-year rule in the country.

His main opponent, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya has since gone into hiding and thousands of others have been arrested.

Meanwhile, police in Belarus have used batons, stun grenades, tear gas and rubber bullets to break up protests.

Elsewhere in Europe, Belarusians and their supporters have taken part in rallies denouncing the result of the election.

Germany

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A woman from Belarus shows a poster during a protest in Berlin, Germany, against the official results of Belarusian presidential vote. August 12, 2020Markus Schreiber/AP

Czech Republic

Petr David Josek/AP Photo
Organisers of a demonstration unveil a historical flag of Belarus as hundreds of people gather in support of Belarusian protesters. Prague, Czech Republic. August 16Petr David Josek/AP Photo
Petr David Josek/AP Photo
Demonstrators shout slogans as hundreds of people march in support of Belarusian demonstrators. Prague, Czech Republic. August 15, 2020Petr David Josek/AP Photo

Poland

Czarek Sokolowski/AP Photo
People demonstrate in support of Belarusians in Warsaw, Poland. August 13, 2020Czarek Sokolowski/AP Photo
Czarek Sokolowski/AP Photo
People demonstrate in support of Belarusians in Warsaw, Poland. August 13, 2020Czarek Sokolowski/AP Photo

Romania

Vadim Ghirda/AP Photo
Ekaterina, 4, shouts "Long Live Belarus" during a protest outside the embassy of Belarus in Bucharest, Romania in support of Belarusian demonstrators. Sunday, August 16, 2020Vadim Ghirda/AP Photo
Vadim Ghirda/AP Photo
Belarus diaspora poses for a photo after a protest outside the embassy of Belarus in Bucharest, Romania in support of Belarusian demonstrators. August 16, 2020Vadim Ghirda/AP Photo

Ukraine

Sergei Supinsky/AFP
Ukrainian activists and members of the Belarus diaspora rally in support of Belarusians protesting vote rigging in the presidential election, at Independence Square in KyivSergei Supinsky/AFP
Sergei Supinsky/AFP
Ukrainian activists and members of the Belarus diaspora rally in support of Belarusians protesting vote rigging in the presidential election, at Independence Square in KyivSergei Supinsky/AFP

Russia

Ivan Petrov/AP Photo
Activists set off flares as they display a banner that reads: “Long Live Belarus” in support of Belarusian protesters in St. Petersburg, Russia. August 12, 2020Ivan Petrov/AP Photo
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Demonstrators protest against the results of Belarusian presidential election outside the Belarusian embassy in Moscow, Russia. The placard reads “Go away”Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP
Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP
Police officers push protesters outside the Belarus embassy during a protest against the results of presidential election in Belarus. Moscow, Russia. August 12, 2020Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP