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Scoop Link: Belarus rounds up Opposition supporters

Scoop Link: Belarus rounds up Opposition supporters

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By Moscow correspondent Norman Hermant and wires

Security forces in Belarus have detained over 600 people, including seven opposition candidates, after smashing a mass rally protesting fraud in the landslide re-election of president Alexander Lukashenko.

Western governments have been quick to condemn the vote and the crackdown, with the United States saying it does not consider the election results legitimate.

According to the central election commission, Mr Lukashenko - described as Europe's last dictator by Washington - won the poll outright with 79.6 per cent of the vote on the back of a massive voter turnout of over 90 per cent. His nearest rival received less than 3 per cent in polls.

Many observers say the actual voting went smoothly, but counting the ballots was another story.

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