“We do not want war”. The head of the upper chamber of Parliament of Belarus appealed to the protesters

The Chairman of the Council of the Republic National Assembly of Belarus Natalia Kochanova appealed to the protesters and said that President Alexander Lukashenko has charged to understand all the facts of the arrests, reported by 13 Aug TUT.BY.

The meetings, which continued in the country since August 9, she called “an unprecedented attempt to destroy the peaceful life and divide society.”

She noted that Lukashenko heard the opinion of labor groups and instructed to deal with all arrests that have occurred in the last days.

According to her, on the evening of August 13 was released more than a thousand people “under an obligation not to participate in unsanctioned events”, and minors transferred under the bill, parents.

Kochanova noted that “all of us don’t need to fight, do not want war”. She called to “stop the self destruct” and save the world.

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. According to preliminary data of the CEC, the most votes scored Lukashenko (80,2%), second place went to the opposition Svetlana Tikhanovski of 9.9%. The other candidates received less than 2%. The CEC plans to announce final election results on August 14.

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.

The shares are accompanied by clashes between protesters and police. The interior Ministry of Belarus said that during the protests on August 9 was arrested 3 thousand people, August 10, 2 thousand, 11 Aug – more than 1 thousand, 12 August – around 700. Were charged with riots, disorderly conduct and resisting police.

According to official data, during clashes injured several hundred people, aware of two dead. The first man died on August 10 in Minsk. On the death of the second man became known on August 12. On 9 August he was detained in Homel. According to relatives, he became ill in a closed paddy wagon, which was heading to jail.

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. According to media reports, in late August, the EU will consider sanctions against Belarus.

U.S. Secretary of state Mike Pompeo said on August 12 that the United States may impose sanctions against Belarus or restrict the supply of American oil.

13 August it became known that the countries of the EU by the end of the month is also preparing to introduce sanctions against Belarus in connection with force the authorities to disperse the protesters.

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