Pompeo criticizes use of force against peaceful Belarusian protesters

Credit: WorldNews- Published on August 13, 2020
Prague, Aug 12 (efe-epa).- The United States’ secretary of state expressed support here Wednesday for Belarusian citizens’ demands for freedom and urged the government in Minsk not to use force against peaceful demonstrators. “We want the people of Belarus to have the freedoms that they’re demanding, that they think are...

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Published on August 14, 2020 -  03:13
Peaceful protesters march to gather in front of government building in Minsk, Belarus
Protesters marched to the Belarusian government building in Minsk on Friday (August 14) after widespread claims that prisoners freed on Friday after days of detention had been tortured in prison. Hundreds have been released from jail after being interned during the violent state crackdown on demonstrations against President Alexander Lukashenko's controversial re-election last Sunday. Opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya has accused the authorities of creating a "bloodbath" and has called for more rallies this weekend. The Belarusian government announced on Thursday night that 1,000 people arrested during the protests were being let go. However, many people were still waiting for news of missing friends and relatives on Friday morning. Testimony describing serious human rights abuses by police and prison guards is growing. Amnesty International says there is mounting evidence of the widespread torture of peaceful protesters.

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