Foreign Minister of Canada François-Philippe Champagne states that his country does not recognize the results of the presidential elections in Belarus and urges to hold new elections, as the government of Canada reports.
“We do not accept the results of this fraudulent presidential election in Belarus and call for free and fair elections,” Champagne stated.
He also noted that Canada joins its partners on the international community in condemnation of dispersal of peaceful protesters after the presidential elections in Belarus.
Champagne reminded about his statement to the leader of Belarusian opposition Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya concerning the support of people of Belarus. Moreover, Ottawa will work with other countries to prosecute people guilty in the disruption of democracy in Belarus and violence against protesters.
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.
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, incumbent President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko won the election.