Rallies in Grodno was released on 10 thousand people. The mayor called the Belarusian security services, “the beast”

In the Belarusian city of Grodno on August 14 in protest against election fraud and violence of the security forces was attended by 10 thousand people, reported the newspaper “Nasha Niva” in the Telegram.

The streets carried a big national white-red-white flag of Belarus.

According to the newspaper “the Grodno Blog s13”, strikes and protests ended on Lenin square, near the city. The protesters demanded the authorities to immediately release all political prisoners and to recognize the election results invalid.

The residents of Grodno on Lenin square came the mayor Mechislav GOI and head of the Department of internal Affairs of the Grodno oblast Vadim Sinyavsky.

Urban site “Grodno 015.BY” he writes that people wanted to attract to justice police officers who used force. Sinyavsky explained that now the case is under investigation and criminal case about mass riots.

The protesters asked the mayor to count the votes. One of the women in the crowd asked where was Goy during the night the beatings of the residents of his city. People started in response to chant: “Where were you? Where have you been?”

Goy for some time away from the impromptu stage. When he returned, the women asked him why “such animals beat people.” The mayor said in response: “Yes, the beast, the beast! But I can’t go to the barricades”.

The police chief promised the citizens that the riot police in the city is no more, and also reduced the number of police patrolling the streets.

According to the information portal NewGrodno.by, to protest in Grodno were employees of more than 20 enterprises, including the largest chemical plant of Belarus “Grodno Azot”.

From the 4th to the 8th of August took place in Belarus early voting for presidential elections and the August 9th primary. For President ran five candidates. On 14 August, the CEC announced the final results of presidential elections. According to official figures, won by incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko, who voted for 80.1% of the voters. Second place with 10.1% of votes took opposition candidate Svetlana Tikhanovski. The other candidates received less than 2%.

Elections were held in Belarus without independent international observers. After the polls closed on 9 August in several cities the protests began, which lasts to the present day. Protesters accuse the authorities of rigging the election. They gather in the evening to protest, and at night differ. To disperse the protesters, security forces used lethal weapons, in particular in Minsk they used stun grenades, rubber bullets and water cannons.

At the moment we know about the arrest about 7 thousand protesters, at least two people were killed, hundreds were injured and wounded.

Foreign States and international organizations called on the Belarusian authorities to refrain from violence. Such statements, in particular, made USA, EU, Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania and others. In the US and the EU stated that the elections in Belarus were not free and democratic.

The Secretary of state of the United States of America Mike Pompeo said that the United States can impose sanctions against Belarus or restrict the supply of American oil. The EU also plans to impose to Belarus the restrictive measures.

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