Minsk/Brussels — Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko ordered his police on Wednesday to put down protests in the capital, Minsk, signalling an escalation after a week-and-a-half of mass demonstrations against his rule.

The EU held an emergency summit on the crisis, rejecting Lukashenko’s re-election in a disputed vote on August 9 and announcing financial sanctions against officials the bloc blames for election fraud and a cracking down on protests...

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