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Merkel condemns “brutal violence” by the police against protests in Belarus

August 14, 2020

On Friday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel condemned, without palliative care, the “brutal violence” demonstrated by the Belarusian police during their maneuvers to contain the protests that have been triggered since the controversial elections this Sunday.

Thousands of people have taken to the streets in recent days to protest against the victory of President Alexander Lukashenko with a margin that, according to the main opposition candidate, Svetlana Tijanovskaya, “does not correspond to reality”.

At least one person has died, hundreds have been injured and around 7,000 have been arrested since the electoral commission declared Lukashenko the winner with more than 80 percent of the vote. The current president has been in office since 1994 and has received a sixth term.

Merkel condemns “brutal violence” by the police against protests in BelarusMerkel condemns “brutal violence” by the police against protests in Belarus

The German Chancellor, for example, condemns “in particular the fact that thousands of people were arrested only for participating in these peaceful demonstrations and that the information they received about the abyss of the prisoners is particularly cruel for them,” she complained about her Speaker Steffen Seibert.

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