Casting his ballot: The man who once dubbed himself "Europe's last dictator." Alexander Lukashenko -- who's ruled Belarus for more than two decades...... looks set to win a fifth term.But most of his election victories have been widely denounced as rigged.//This year's poll brought a thousand demonstrators to the streets of the capital, Minsk...... and it was the first opposition gathering of its kind in five years.(SOUNDBITE) VOX"I came here today because we have no choice. Because people are afraid, because life in the country resembles an occupation. Everyone is somewhere underground... all the normal people."(SOUNDBITE) VOX"Things are difficult here, because our government hasn't changed for more than 20 years. That's why I came here... to show that there are people who disagree with this situation."Echoing the sentiment of the protesters earlier on Saturday: Nobel Literature Prize laureate Svetlana Alexeivich.(SOUNDBITE) SVETLANA ALEXIEVICH, NOBEL PRIZE FOR LITERATURE WINNER"I think we know who will win, the winner is known, because our people are scared of war. They are afraid of what happened in Ukraine, and now in Syria. // And I am happy, because I'm not a supporter of revolutions. But I do think that we have a long path ahead and unfortunately we won't be free any time soon."The west has long ostracised Lukashenko over his clampdown on political dissent...... by imposing sanctions.But depending on how Sunday's election goes...... the European Union could suspend some of the punitive measures...... that have battered the country's economy.

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Casting his ballot: The man who once dubbed himself "Europe's last dictator." Alexander Lukashenko -- who's ruled Belarus for more than two decades...... looks set to win a fifth term.But most of his election victories have been widely denounced as r