The US is concerned about the situation around the elections in Belarus and calls on the Belarusian government not to hinder peaceful assemblies. This was stated by the press-secretary of the White House Kaylee Makenani.
вЂњWe are deeply concerned about the presidential elections in Belarus. Restricting candidates' access to elections, banning independent observers, intimidating opposition candidates, and detaining peaceful demonstrators and journalists spoiled the process, вЂќ Makenani said.
According to her, the United States hopes that the Belarusian authorities will respect the rights of their citizens, will not interfere with peaceful assemblies, and will refuse to use violence against the demonstrators.
The UN is also concerned about the situation in Belarus. According to the press secretary of the UN Secretary-General Stephane Dujarric, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres вЂњcontinues to follow with great concern the situation in this country, including the reports of post-election protests and last night's violence in the capital, Minsk, and other cities вЂќ.
In addition, Guterres called on the Belarusian authorities to show maximum restraint and ensure full respect for freedom of expression and peaceful assembly.
The second wave of arrests of protesters began in Minsk, a journalist was wounded.
Let us remind you that after voting in the presidential elections, mass protests began in the capital of Belarus and other cities. In Minsk, clashes broke out between protesters and the police last night. The military, water cannons, and special equipment were pulled to the center of the city. The police used tear gas, rubber bullets, and stun grenades, there are casualties, one person died. The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Belarus denied that there were people killed during the protests, and reported about 3,000 detainees.