World News

Belarus opposition's Maxim Znak declares hunger strike in jail

FILE PHOTO: Belarus opposition politician Maxim Znak gestures as he speaks to reporters in Minsk, Belarus August 21, 2020. Picture taken August 21, 2020. Tut.By via REUTERS

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Belarusian opposition politician Maxim Znak declared a hunger strike in jail on Friday after being charged with calling for actions that could harm Belarusian national interests, the opposition Coordination Council said.

Znak is a member of the council and a prominent leader of protests demanding the resignation of President Alexander Lukashenko following an Aug. 9 presidential election that the opposition says was rigged. Lukashenko denies vote-rigging.

Reporting by Polina Ivanova; writing by Tom Balmforth; editing by Mark Trevelyan