100,000 protesters mark 50 days of demonstrations against Lukashenko

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An estimated 100,000 protesters gathered in Belarus calling for authoritarian leader Alexander Lukashenko to step down and more than 200 people were detained, according to Euronews. It has been fifty days since anti-government demonstrations and protesters started.

Belarus has been gripped by mass protests since the Presidential election on the 9th of August, which according to international reports is widely believed to have been rigged.

Lukashenko has been in power for 26 years and has insisted that he has no intention of stepping down and denies electoral fraud.

This month Russian President, Vladimir Putin loaned $1.5 billion to Belarus in a gesture of support for its leader Alexander Lukashenko, who asked for help after weeks of mass protests demanding his resignation.

Opposition candidate Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya encouraged people to continue demonstrating peacefully.