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UN human rights chief condemns crackdown in Belarus, says 6,000 detained in last 3 days

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Warning: This video contains violent content. Discretion advised. Belarus police crackdown on protests after President Lukashenko expected to win election in a landslide – Aug 9, 2020

The United Nations human rights chief Michelle Bachelet on Wednesday condemned the use of violence by Belarusian authorities to peaceful protests after President Alexander Lukashenko claimed a landslide victory in Sunday’s election.

Bachelet said police were reported to have used excessive force, firing rubber bullets, using water cannons and throwing stun grenades.

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“Reports suggest that more (than) approximately 6,000 people have been detained in the last three days, including bystanders, as well as minors, suggesting a trend of massive arrests in clear violation of international human rights standards,” she said in a statement.

Even more disturbing are the reports of ill-treatment during and after detention,” she said, calling for the release of all those unlawfully detained and for investigations into abuses.

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