Belarus elections take dark turn, police begin brutal protest crackdown

A man is down on the ground while surrounded by riot police in Minsk. -Sergei Gapon/AFP

Belarus elections on Sunday have resulted in increased tensions between democratic opposition protestors and the Lukashenko regime which have finally boiled over with reports of a police crackdown occurring in the capital city of Minsk.

What began initially as a peaceful protest has turned into utter chaos and violence leaving multiple people severely injured.

On Twitter, multiple videos and photos have emerged from the Euromaidan Press and local journalists showing police firing rubber bullets into crowds of protesters as well as using water cannons to disperse the crowd.

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There have also been reports of what appear to be a police vehicles ramming into protesters with ambulances subsequently appearing to pick up bodies lying on the ground. It remains unknown as to whether anyone has been killed as a result of the violence.