Merkel demands release of detained demonstrators in Belarus - spokesman

14 Aug 2020 / 17:52 H.

    BERLIN, Aug 14 (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel demands the unconditional and immediate release of demonstrators detained in Belarus during nationwide street protests after the contested re-election of President Alexander Lukashenko, her spokesman said on Friday.

    Belarusian authorities released detained demonstrators on Friday after issuing a rare public apology in an effort to quell the protests that pose the biggest challenge yet to strongman leader Alexander Lukashenko's 26-year rule. (Reporting by Michelle Martin; Editing by Maria Sheahan)

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