Belarus Releases Election Protesters From Jail, Interfax Says

Belarus released about 150 demonstrators detained after protesting the results of President Alexander Lukashenko's re-election last month, Interfax reported today citing the Interior Ministry.

While all of those charged with administrative offenses have now been released, more than 20 people remain in jail on charges of organizing riots, the news service said.

About 630 people were jailed in a rally in the center of the Belarusian capital, Minsk, after the Dec. 19 election, Interfax said. More than 300 protesters were released last week and about 100 on Dec. 23-24, the news service reported.

Protesters gathered outside the Central Election Commission after Lukashenko, who has ruled Belarus since 1994, won 79.5 percent of the vote, with his closest rival, Andrei Sannikov, receiving 2.4 percent.

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