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Belarus leader Lukashenko disparages protests as US plan

Belarus leader Lukashenko disparages protests as US plan

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MOSCOW -- Belarus' authoritarian leader on Wednesday sought to disparage protesters demanding his resignation for a sixth straight week following a disputed election by accusing the United States of fomenting the unrest.In a long speech to top officials, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko ranted against the alleged U.S.-led plan to destabilize the country and claimed that American allies in Europe have participated in the effort that took years to prepare, part of his attempts to cast the opposition as Western stooges.Lukashenko didn't provide evidence to back his claim that the U.S. had any involvement in the demonstrations.His main challenger in the election, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, dismissed his comments as an attempt to divert public attention from rigging the vote and the vio...