Belarus’ ruler vows to quash opposition rallies after vote

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Belarus’ authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko is warning he will crack down in full force on the opposition supporters challenging the official vote results that extended his 26-year rule. He is deriding the opposition as “sheep” manipulated by foreign masters. Opposition challenger Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya on Monday formally demanded a recount of the votes. Dozens were injured and thousands detained hours after Sunday’s vote when police brutally broke up protesters. Election officials on Monday declared that Lukashenko won a sixth term in office with over 80% of the vote, while Tsikhanouskaya got 9.9%. Tsikhanouskaya dismissed the official results as a sham.