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Belarus protests pose a real threat to Lukashenko

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Dictators live through lies. They censor the media, control the communications of citizens in the countries they rule over and systematically rig elections.

Alexander Lukashenko assumed control of Belarus in 1994, shortly after the country became independent in 1991 as the Soviet Union collapsed. For 26 years, Lukashenko has ruled Belarus with an iron fist. Though he was officially declared the winner of Sunday's election — with 80% of the votes — it remains to be seen how much longer he will be in power.

Nobody in Belarus or abroad has ever believed the official results of an election in the country. This time, Belarusians are rising up against their leader. They have taken to the streets in the thousands to protest the rigged election.

Read more: Belarus election: Germany threatens sanctions over Lukashenko's controversial win

Over the years, Lukashenko has developed a vast security apparatus: Belarus has one of the tightest systems of repression in the world: If the president's rule........

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