Clashes after disputed presidential vote in Belarus

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Police in Belarus had to fire water cannons and tear gas in an attempt to crackdown on protests that erupted on the streets of Minsk on Sunday, as an exit poll showed that incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko was set to claim another election win.

Thousands of people took to the streets of Minsk and other cities while protesters clapped, shouted “victory”and waved flags in a demonstration of solidarity with the country’s opposition. 

Video footage showed helmeted police detaining and clashing with protesters, and one particular footage showed a police prisoner transport van hit a crowd of people in Minsk.

Honest People, an independent association in Belarus that monitors elections, said it found 5096 violations from observers, according to Euronews.

They also called into question the election commission’s reported turnout statistics. The group said about 70 election observers were detained.