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Protests in Belarus: Protester dies at hospital after gunshot wound

Source : 112 Ukraine

Hennadiy Shutov suffered a head shot during the protest wave in Minsk on August 11
12:33, 19 August 2020

Hennady Shutov
Tut.by

Another lethal outcome of street standoffs in Belarus is confirmed. Hennadiy Shutov, 43, suffered a deadly gunshot and succumbed to the injury at a hospital in Minsk. Tut.by reports.

The protester took a shot to his head on August 11.

According to the deceased man's family, they talked with witnesses who said that there was no fight on Shutov's part; he was just walking down the street. They assumed that the shot was made from the rooftop of the building. Shutov's family could not find him for two days.

Belarusian Interior Ministry claimed that operatives fired live ammunition on August 11 - allegedly "to protect themselves from aggressive citizens who held pieces of carcass". They said there was a wounded protester; it remains uncertain, however, whether that was Shutov or someone else.

Related: 44 anti-government protesters remain in detention in Belarus

According to the Belarusian Interior Ministry data, Shutov became third fatality since the protests in Belarus began.

Meanwhile, 44 people stay in custody in Belarus as participants in massive anti-government protests. Interior Ministry of the Republic of Belarus reported that on August 18. These people were detained as members of "unauthorized massive events", the Ministry reported. 

Related: Army units on western borders of Belarus combat-ready, - Lukashenko

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