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NATO condemns violence against Belarusian protesters

Source : 112 Ukraine

NATO stated that it is necessary to respect the rights for freedom of speech and peaceful protest
11:59, 11 August 2020

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg
EPA

NATO condemns violence in Belarus during the protests after the presidential elections, as NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg reported.

“NATO Allies have expressed serious concerns over the conduct of the presidential election in Belarus. NATO condemns violence against peaceful protestors,” the message said.

Stoltenberg added that it is necessary to respect the rights, including the right for freedom of speech and the right for peaceful protest.

Related: Belarus MIA reports about first deceased in Minsk protest

On August 9, the clashes of the protesters with the law enforcers started in Minsk. The latter used stun grenades and water cannons against the protesters. Besides, according to the witnesses, about 11:10 p.m., the prison track ran into a group of people standing at the carriageways. Later, it was reported that a man died during the protests. A young man received a fatal head injury. According to the Belarusian Interior Ministry, no deceased observed during the protests.

Besides Minsk, the protests took place in eight cities of Belarus – Lida, Baranovichi, Brest, Grodno, Zhodino, Zhlobino, Pinsk, Kobrin.

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.

Related: Lukashenko’s rival Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya flees to Lithuania

The presidential elections took place in Belarus the same day. According to the results of the national exit poll, current president Alexander Lukashenko gains 80.23%. Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya is supported by 9.9% of people.

Meanwhile, foreign polling stations reported that Svetlana Tsikhanouskaya won. According to unofficial results, Tsikhanouskaya won presidential elections in Belarus. 

 

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