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...

BL Premium

This article is reserved for our subscribers.

A subscription helps you enjoy the best of our business content every day along with benefits such as articles from our international business news partners; ProfileData financial data; and digital access to the Sunday Times and Sunday Times Daily.

Already subscribed? Simply sign in below.

Questions or problems? Email helpdesk@businesslive.co.za or call 0860 52 52 00. Got a subscription voucher? Redeem it now