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Belarus toughens laws against protesters and ‘extremism’

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Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has signed a law tightening sanctions against protesters who take part in unauthorised rallies.

The new legislation also increases the penalties for those found guilty of “extremism” in Belarus.

A protester who takes part in more than two “illegal” demonstrations will now face up to three years in prison, according to the reform published on Tuesday.

Meanwhile those of participate in or promote “extremist activities” face up to six years in prison. Anyone accused of “financing” extremism in Belarus can also be imprisoned for up to five years.

The legislation was signed into effect by Lukashenko on Tuesday, authorities said.

The laws come as the Belarusian regime continues to crack down on the historic opposition protest movement disputing Lukashenko’s re-election in 2020.

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