To assuage public anger, Belarus frees detainees

Minsk, August 14

Belarusian authorities have launched about 1,000 folks detained amid demonstrations contesting the outcomes of the presidential election, in an try and assuage public anger towards a brutal crackdown on peaceable protests.

Around midnight, scores of detainees have been seen strolling out of certainly one of Minsk’s jails. “I take responsibility for what they say was violence against those people, who happened to be nearby and failed to back off quickly enough,” Interior Minister Yuri Karayev stated.

The transfer comes on the day that EU international ministers are because of meet to debate potential sanctions towards Belarus. Opposition chief Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, who has been given refuge in Lithuania, posted a video assertion contesting the outcomes of the vote and demanding that the federal government begin a dialogue with protesters. — AP

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