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At least five people died in clashes during protests in Belarus

Source : 112 Ukraine

Seven people stay in hospitals in the critical state
23:36, 17 August 2020

Huge crowds in central Minsk demand the resignation of Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka. August 16, 2020
Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters

In Belarus, at least five people died in the results of the clashes with law enforcers during the protests as Radio Liberty reported.

After clashes, seven people are in a critical state. 120 people with varying degrees of severity are hospitalized.

It is reported that the citizens did not resist during the detention; however, they were severely beaten with batons.

“The human rights activists point on the disproportionate and illegal use of force…Many victims were wounded or burnt by stun grenades; they did not attack the officials as they were unarmed. The grenades were thrown right in the people or near people and they inflicted serious injuries,” the message said.

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The official authorities report only about one deceased in Minsk Aleksander Tarajkowski.

On August 9, the clashes of the protesters with the law enforcers started in Minsk. The law enforcers used stun grenades and water cannons against the protesters. Later, it was reported that a man died during the protests. A young man received a fatal head injury. On August 10, protests against the results of the presidential elections were resumed in the Republic of Belarus, a flash-noise grenade exploded in the center of Minsk; journalists talked about three volleys at the intersection of Kalvariyskaya Street and Masherov Avenue.

During three nights of protests in Belarus, over 6,000 people were detained; about 500 were hospitalized. Over 40 criminal proceedings were opened. According to Belarusian mass media, the location of some detainees is still unknown.

Related: Ukraine recalls its ambassador to Belarus for consultations for first time ever

As we reported, the city administration of Minsk estimated the damage from the riots at more than 200,000 dollars.

On August 14, the Central Election Commission of Belarus announced the final results of the election. According to the commission, the incumbent President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko won the election.

 

 

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