The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet condemned the violence in Belarus on Wednesday as part of the protests over the past few days for the re-election of President Alexander Lukashenko and asked the government to release everyone in front of the detained demonstrators.
“I would like to remind the Belarusian authorities that the use of violence during protests must always be exceptional and a last resort, always distinguishing between violent people and peaceful protesters against whom violence should not be used,” he said, taking a statement on.
In this context, he stressed that the government must guarantee the exercise of freedom of expression and assembly rather than “suppressing” them. “People have the right to show their disagreement and disapproval, especially in an electoral context,” he said.
Some 6,000 people, including minors and passers-by, were reportedly arrested in the past three days of the protest, who were near the areas where the protests took place. According to the United Nations, at least 250 people were injured and one protester died in “unclear” circumstances.