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US concerned over dispersal of peaceful rally in Belarus
18:42, 26 March 2017
US concerned over dispersal of peaceful rally in Belarus

United States authorities call for immediate release of detained peaceful demonstrators

18:42, 26 March 2017

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The US Embassy in Belarus expressed its deep concern over the opposition of the authorities of Belarus to holding peaceful actions on the occasion of Freedom Day. It also calls for the immediate release of detained peaceful demonstrators, human rights defenders and journalists, ensuring the right of citizens to hold peaceful assemblies and freedom of speech in accordance with international obligations.

This is stated in a message on the embassy's website.

"The US notes with deep concern the opposition of the authorities of Belarus to holding peaceful actions on the occasion of Freedom Day. The large-scale detentions of peaceful demonstrators, human rights defenders and some journalists are contrary to democratic values," the report said.

The embassy noted that there are reports of the use of force against peaceful demonstrators and others.

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