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Belarusians protesting against disputed presidential elections results hold flowers and flash victory signs during a protest in Victory Square in Minsk, Belarus. August 20
Belarusians protesting against disputed presidential elections results hold flowers and flash victory signs during a protest in Victory Square in Minsk, Belarus. August 20   -   Copyright  Sergei Grits/AP Photo

In pictures: the latest from Belarus protests

Protests in Belarus have been taking place for more than 10 days, pressing for the resignation of longtime President Alexander Lukashenko. He has extended his 26-year rule in the latest election held on Sunday August 9, but the opposition says it was rigged.

The peaceful demonstrations met a harsh police crackdown, thousands were arrested.

The demonstrations are being followed by a widening strike in the country. The workers at state-controlled factories and plants, even actors and broadcasters have formed activists groups or simply walked off the job.

Lukashenko has refused to step down or to hold new elections. Occasionally, pro-Lukashenko demonstrations are held in the centre of Minsk.

These are the latest photographs from Belarus' ongoing protests.

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Striking miners protest against disputed presidential election results in the mining city of Soligorsk, Belarus. August 19, 2020Sergei Gapon/AFP
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Workers from the Grodno Azot Plant listen to a speaker during a strike in Grodno, 246 kilometres west of Minsk, Belarus. August 19, 2020Viktor Drachev/AP Photo
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Protesters with posters reading “Stop the violence” gather in front of the Minsk Tractor Works Plant to support workers leaving the plant after their work shift in MinskDmitri Lovetsky/AP Photo
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Belarusian opposition supporters sing songs during a protest rally in front of the government building in Independence Square in Minsk, Belarus. August 19, 2020Dmitri Lovetsky/Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved
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Belarusians protesting against disputed presidential elections results light phones lights and wave an old Belarusian national flags during a protest rally in MinskDmitri Lovetsky/AP Photo
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People protest against disputed presidential elections results at Independence Square in Minsk, Belarus. August 18, 2020Sergei Gapon/AFP
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A woman holds a poster showing a photo of a protester allegedly wounded by police and words reading “The future of our children is in your hands” during a rally in MinskSergei Grits/AP Photo
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Minister of Culture passes a woman holding a banner reading “Art demands freedom” during a protest in support of the troupe that quit after the theatre’s director was firedDmitri Lovetsky/AP
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People protest against disputed presidential elections results at Independence Square in Minsk, Belarus. August 18, 2020Sergei Gapon/AFP
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A couple plays draughts during the protest against disputed presidential elections results at Independence Square in Minsk, Belarus. August 18, 2020Sergei Gapon/AFP
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Workers of the Minsk Tractor Works Plant leave the plant after their work shift as activists with old Belarusian national flags greet them in Minsk, Belarus, Tuesday, Aug. 18Sergei Grits/AP Photo
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A girl walks holding a small old Belarusian national flag as activists greet and support workers leaving the Minsk Tractor Works Plant after their work shift in Minsk, BelarusSergei Grits/AP Photo
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Supporters of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko with Belarusian State flags and a small Russian national flag in the background gather in a square in Minsk, BelarusSergei Grits/AP Photo
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A man waves a Belarusian State flag as supporters of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko gather in a square in Minsk, Belarus. August 19, 2020Sergei Grits/AP Photo
Sergei Grits/AP Photo
Supporters of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko with Belarusian State flag gather in a square in Minsk, Belarus. August 19, 2020Sergei Grits/AP Photo

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