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The Leader of Europe's 'Last Dictatorship' Is Facing an Unprecedented Challenge. Here's What It Could Mean for Belarus

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Europe’s longest serving leader Alexander Lukashenko has long worked hard to seem invincible. He has dominated past elections that the U.S. has deemed neither free nor fair and brokered no dissent and suppressed protests. Now, he is facing an unprecedented challenge as he runs for a sixth term as president of Belarus in elections on August 9. A former teacher and political novice, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, has emerged as his main rival, pledging to topple Lukashenko’s regime and restore democracy.
Tens of thousands have rallied across Belarus in some of the country’s biggest opposition protests in a decade, amid mounting frustration over the government’s mishandling of the COVID-19 crisis, combined with grievances about the economy. Referring to Lukashenko, protestors chanted ‘stop the cockroach’ and held placards reading ‘change!’.
“For the first time in his 26-year rule, Lukashenko knows the majority don’t support him,” says Aleksandr Feduta, a former aide to the incumbent, who was i…

Ten Men and One Woman Executed in Iran Today - One Man Hanged in Public on Sunday

Iran Human Rights, November 26: According to reliable sources in Iran eleven prisoners, among them one woman, were hanged in the Ghezelhesar prison of Karaj (west of Tehran).

The female prisoner was transferred from the Gharchak prison of Varamin to Ghezelhesar for execution.

The executions were reported by the groups "Human Rights and Democracy Activists in Iran" and HRANA. Iran Human Rights (IHR) has confirmed the executions through independent sources and has the names of the ten Ghezelhesar prisoners.

According to the Iranian State Broadcasting, one Afghan citizen was hanged in public in the town of Khonj (Fars Province, southern Iran) on Sunday. 

The prisoner who was not identified by name was 32 year old and convicted of two murders allegedly committed in 2006.

Source: Iran Human Rights, November 26, 2013

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