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Politicians and protesters detained in criticized Belarus election

A riot policeman chases an opposition protester during a rally denouncing the results of presidential elections in central Minsk, Dec. 19, 2010. Police in Belarus beat demonstrators with batons and rounded up opposition leaders in a violent crackdown after an election on Sunday that was certain to return President Alexander Lukashenko for a fourth term.

A group of people is surrounded by riot police during an opposition rally in Minsk early on Dec. 20, 2010. Belarus police arrested hundreds of protestors as they used force to break up a mass demonstration against the expected re-election of President Alexander Lukashenko in disputed polls on Sunday.

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A woman tries to hear her relative, who is being held in a police bus for demonstrating, near a detention center in Minsk, Dec. 20, 2010. At least seven election candidates and hundreds of opposition demonstrators were being held on Monday after police cracked down on a protest against the re-election of Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko.

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International monitors said Monday Belarus' presidential election was seriously flawed and condemned a police crackdown on protesters.

At least seven out of the nine candidates who ran against Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko in Sunday's vote were being detained by police Monday, political aides said.